Polls are still very buggy


(Maestro Magnifico) #1

###Bug #1: Trying to add poll to topic.
Topic name was tetstetset. I pressed Edit, added Poll: to title and a list. Here’s a result:

###Bug #2: When editing existing poll.
After editing and saving, you see poll as a list. You have to update page to see it as poll again.

###Bug #3: By pressing this you can add Poll: to a topic and it doesn’t have to have list inside.
It also doesn’t create a poll if topic have list inside.

###Bug #4: Trying to add poll to a topic, that already had Poll: in title before.

###Bug #5: Another strange result with bugged out topic.
I have no idea why this happening.


(Michael Downey) #2

Thanks for sharing these. I ran into a few of these problems a few evenings back but didn’t keep good enough notes to report. :+1:


(Robin Ward) #3

@zogstrip is working on beefing up polls now, so hopefully he can address these issues while he’s at it :smile:


(Maestro Magnifico) #4

I hope we’ll have “add poll” button at some point. I already tired to explain people how to create polls although there’s a topic with explaination on our forum. In my opinion, if people asking a lot about something, it means this feature UX is not intuitively clear and it should be reconsidered in more user-friendly way. Computers should serve humans, you know, not humans to computers. And by making “one button feature” into “computer science feature” we make users to serve computers by MAKING them to learn unnecessary stuff. That’s just not right…


(Sam Saffron) #5

1 in about 1000 topics are polls we are quite against adding a button to the main UI for this that you would see all the time. I really don’t know where such a button could live.


(Jens Maier) #6

Why not on the toolbar?

That little gear would only appear when creating a new topic or editing the first post and could show a modal window with all the rarely used, advanced features provided by plugins…


(Gerhard Schlager) #7

Well, there is enough room in the editor’s toolbar. Even on very low resolutions…

We could even hide it unless a new topic is created.

I guess that depends on the forum. I know a small community where roughly every second post contains a poll…
Do you have any statistics on how often the buttons for Heading or Horizontal Rule are used? As with polls it may depend on the type of community, but I haven’t seen any of them used on meta that often. And who actually uses the Quote whole post button? Does this mean we should remove some/all of those buttons just because not everyone is using them?

Edit: Ah, @elberet you beat me to it. :wink:


(Jens Maier) #8

Behold the power of my Paint-fu! :sunglasses:


(Jeff Atwood) #9

Closing this, was all known, polls were a community PR with minimal support, polls are being rewritten anyway.


(Jeff Atwood) #10