Polls: Hate 'em or Just Plain Don't Like 'em

WatchCrunch is always tweaking the site and adding improvements. A few months back they added the "Poll" feature that allowed us to ask questions and get statistical results. Many people like posting polls. The majority of some crunchers' posts are polls. But, do polls add generally to the discourse or are they a simulacrum of content, a sugar high of pictures and poorly thought out comparisons? Should the results of a poll influence a purchase? Will a poll allow the wearing of an Apple watch with a blue suit?

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Yes!! Free the Apple Watch to be worn with all colored suits!! Especially plaid!!! …

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Polls generally do not add to the discourse, but it is rather a GIGO type thing. The more thoughtless the poll, the more inane the responses, if any.

Polls should not influence a purchase, but I like to believe that I am nudging people toward the light. 

As the OP probably knows, the general trope seems to be "I've narrowed it down to this list of watches you don't like...which one?" and I totally appreciate it when "other" or "none" is an option.*

This talk of blue, as opposed to navy, suits always makes me think of some dandy electric blue outfit. But yeah, while generally populist, I know that mob rule leads to bad decisions. People already think dive watches are acceptable for semi-formal wear. The battle has been lost.

*If I select other and don't reply, it just means all watch selections provided.

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Polls are an interesting way to see what way the community as a whole leans, but beyond that they don't provide much insight. 

Essentially you can guarantee that any poll that includes an option that appeals to the community groupthink will lean in that direction. You could have replaced Rolex with Seiko for option D, and it would generate much the same response. 

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KristianG

Polls are an interesting way to see what way the community as a whole leans, but beyond that they don't provide much insight. 

Essentially you can guarantee that any poll that includes an option that appeals to the community groupthink will lean in that direction. You could have replaced Rolex with Seiko for option D, and it would generate much the same response. 

But, Rolex...

Edit: Of course, you are right. I am trying not to call out any individual and a Seiko example might do exactly that since there have been a few recently.

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A poll about a poll!?

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Stay tuned for my poll about poll on polls!!

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mjosamannen

A poll about a poll!?

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Stay tuned for my poll about poll on polls!!

Are we about to experience pollception? 

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KristianG

Are we about to experience pollception? 

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Wait you're telling me the answer wasn't Rolex?

I've done exactly two polls: a what generation are you from poll and a should I do a charity auction poll (so I didn't bug people).   I can't imagine doing something soliciting people's opinions on my watches because:

1) I don't care what people think of my watch choices 

2) I don't even want to introduce the possibility of me caring about what people think of my watch choices.

It's hard enough keeping a collection under control with the influence of modern media.  I don't need to invite influence onto myself for the sake of engagement.

I think the polls themselves are largely harmless but I do hope people realize that the crowd is never satisfied.

Nec audiendi qui solent dicere, Vox populi, vox Dei, quum tumultuositas vulgi semper insaniae proxima sit.

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Edge168n

Wait you're telling me the answer wasn't Rolex?

I've done exactly two polls: a what generation are you from poll and a should I do a charity auction poll (so I didn't bug people).   I can't imagine doing something soliciting people's opinions on my watches because:

1) I don't care what people think of my watch choices 

2) I don't even want to introduce the possibility of me caring about what people think of my watch choices.

It's hard enough keeping a collection under control with the influence of modern media.  I don't need to invite influence onto myself for the sake of engagement.

I think the polls themselves are largely harmless but I do hope people realize that the crowd is never satisfied.

Nec audiendi qui solent dicere, Vox populi, vox Dei, quum tumultuositas vulgi semper insaniae proxima sit.

I logged on a few days ago and about eight of the first ten posts in the feed were polls, most of the "which should I buy" variety, but some also "which of these three great watches is the greatest" kind.

That is not the sort of interaction that interests me. A poll is rarely illuminating or instructive. I like some and agree that they are harmless. But, they are proliferating.  So, I protest and gently troll.

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Aurelian

I logged on a few days ago and about eight of the first ten posts in the feed were polls, most of the "which should I buy" variety, but some also "which of these three great watches is the greatest" kind.

That is not the sort of interaction that interests me. A poll is rarely illuminating or instructive. I like some and agree that they are harmless. But, they are proliferating.  So, I protest and gently troll.

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I have those moments as well.  My eyes glaze over polls because there's nothing to discuss or do.

But if your bar is illumination or instruction, I am afraid you're going to be disappointed with virtually everything here. Most of us, my self worst of all, specialize only in self indulgent blather.

My latin is extremely limited but I do enjoy reading medieval histories every so often.  Alcuin's comment was so pointed that I had to seek on the original script.  It has stuck ever since.

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Edge168n

I have those moments as well.  My eyes glaze over polls because there's nothing to discuss or do.

But if your bar is illumination or instruction, I am afraid you're going to be disappointed with virtually everything here. Most of us, my self worst of all, specialize only in self indulgent blather.

My latin is extremely limited but I do enjoy reading medieval histories every so often.  Alcuin's comment was so pointed that I had to seek on the original script.  It has stuck ever since.

I have always liked Charlemagne's rejoinder:  "Tru dat!"

I may lean into the self-indulgent blather, be one of the cool kids.