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Old 21-06-2009, 03:56 PM   #1   [permalink]
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Tactic #1: Poll of the Week

First, I want to express my delight that the moderators are now posting more. Eva2k, you've got some real hard-working mods here, and it must be a real pleasure having them work for you. .

Now, this is the first stage in a series of new ideas that I will be proposing. Some of my more advanced tactics will have to wait, because great tactics take a while to craft to perfection, but here is a simple one to kick-start the process.

Poll of the week.

Why do people switch on the TV on a Saturday night? Because they anticipate seeing something entertaining. Equally, why do people load up the website AnimeBoards.com? I'm not sure, but if you had a regular poll, then that would really give people something to look forward to. Expectation is a key ingredient behind motivation and a poll of the week would really help to generate the expectation of taking part in exciting polls. Also, recall that in the distant past, there used to be a poll every week made by the moderating team.

Of course, I would just make the polls myself, but as far as I can see, normal members don't have this ability. So I propose that the moderating team make a poll every week and advertise it in some way. If you're short on topics, then I can give you some great ideas. There could be a poll about anime or world events for example, or perhaps there could be a poll that alternates between the two topics.

This is an idea that would take so little effort to implement and could reap great rewards.

So who's up for this?

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Old 21-06-2009, 10:33 PM   #2   [permalink]
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Poll


1. Great idea, we can't live without it!
2. Can we vault with it?
3. That's stupid, voting is over-rated!
4. Could we get a cookie instead?
5. Dipued.....????!!?!?!???


4. Could we get a cookie instead?

But seriously do you really even care about other people's opinions? What would be the point of this poll? What would we vote about that everybody would have an understanding of?
We have weekly online polls at work about random crap, I used to take the time to wiki the answers since thats where they originated from but I ended up not caring and clicking on 'D. I don't know' everytime.
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Old 22-06-2009, 12:06 AM   #3   [permalink]
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I think its an excellent idea! Knowing the likes/dislikes of the newer members would let us have a better understanding of what people WANT to talk about here.
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Old 22-06-2009, 01:59 AM   #4   [permalink]
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...this is your big idea? Really?
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Old 22-06-2009, 04:48 AM   #5   [permalink]
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I must be crazy or old, but im not against this idea....

in theory.

Maybe a poll where 12 members are selected at random and one is voted off for a banning

I think Wolfpac was the only mod that loved to make polls.
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Old 22-06-2009, 07:57 AM   #6   [permalink]
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Im just in shock 2 MOD's accually posted in the same thread!
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Old 22-06-2009, 06:33 PM   #7   [permalink]
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Originally Posted by Tsunami-X View Post
But seriously do you really even care about other people's opinions?
Why are you posting on a messageboard if you don't care about other people's opinions at all?

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What would be the point of this poll?
To get people thinking and to start discussions. To give something for people to look forward to and do.

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What would we vote about that everybody would have an understanding of?
Have you forgotten that we are on AnimeBoards.com?

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I think its an excellent idea! Knowing the likes/dislikes of the newer members would let us have a better understanding of what people WANT to talk about here.
We're totally on the same wavelength here, kami. . This place definitely needs more proactive, enthusiastic members like you, especially since my former right-hand man Black_Knight legged it back to 4chan or something.

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...this is your big idea? Really?
Just the the tip of the iceberg; as I mentioned in my first post, this is just the first in a series of tactics that will stretch the boundaries of imagination. Together with your invaluable help and that of Eva2k and the other mods, we can bring the good times here to AB. Watch this space. .

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I must be crazy or old, but im not against this idea....

in theory.

Maybe a poll where 12 members are selected at random and one is voted off for a banning

I think Wolfpac was the only mod that loved to make polls.
I was thinking more of the polls Drizzten used to make - e.g. http://www.animeboards.com/showthread.php?t=46193, although he's since left to concentrate on bringing down the state.

So Pen2 and ATh, you up for making these polls? Just let me know in this thread if you want any topic ideas!

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Im just in shock 2 MOD's accually posted in the same thread!
I'm not shocked at all - on the contrary, I expected such professionalism from our excellent moderators. .
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Old 23-06-2009, 04:16 AM   #8   [permalink]
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As long as it isnt in the eva forums im game. Not sure how to do it, but i can look into it.

Set it out, give me the forum, the title, the polls, we'll see if its the 2nd coming or not.
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Old 23-06-2009, 06:18 PM   #9   [permalink]
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As long as it isnt in the eva forums im game. Not sure how to do it, but i can look into it.
Excellent! Living up to your reputation as one of AB's finest mods!

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Set it out, give me the forum, the title, the polls, we'll see if its the 2nd coming or not.
Here's what I'm thinking, but perhaps Pen2 might want to contribute:

sub-forum: General and Other Anime
title: The Great AnimeBoards Poll of the Week (GAPW): #1 (or 2 or whatever)
potential poll questions: Some simple ones to ease people into the swing of things -

1. What is your favourite anime genre?
Possible answers:
- Comedy
- Action
- Serious/philosophical
- Hentai
- Other (explain in thread)

2. Do you think anime is too childish?
Possible answers:
- Yes
- No
- Other (explain in thread)

Have some blurb explaining what each option means and try to make the poll sound exciting. Also, to maintain continuity, try and summarise the results of the previous poll, including a summary of the prevailing opinions and highlighting key insights. This continuity is key to fostering emotional 'bonds'.
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Meh. I'm personally not a fan of polls myself, but that's just me... and even though I'm not a huge fan, I'll usually participate anyway.

If other people like this idea, I'd support it.
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Do I need to point out that if we do one a week it'd drown out every other thread?
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Old 24-06-2009, 03:26 AM   #12   [permalink]
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Originally Posted by John Faulkner View Post
Excellent! Living up to your reputation as one of AB's finest mods!


Here's what I'm thinking, but perhaps Pen2 might want to contribute:

sub-forum: General and Other Anime
title: The Great AnimeBoards Poll of the Week (GAPW): #1 (or 2 or whatever)
potential poll questions: Some simple ones to ease people into the swing of things -

1. What is your favourite anime genre?
Possible answers:
- Comedy
- Action
- Serious/philosophical
- Hentai
- Other (explain in thread)

2. Do you think anime is too childish?
Possible answers:
- Yes
- No
- Other (explain in thread)

Have some blurb explaining what each option means and try to make the poll sound exciting. Also, to maintain continuity, try and summarise the results of the previous poll, including a summary of the prevailing opinions and highlighting key insights. This continuity is key to fostering emotional 'bonds'.
I work 12 hours, and the past few weeks i get home and have to do more work. I probably wont be summarising anything, though i will cut and paste the blurb/summary.

Im not one for excitemnt so as i said before set it out as you want it and ill try to set it up. All cut and paste my end.

We can start in GNAD (does that still exist?) and see from there. if enough then mayne its own forum.
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Old 24-06-2009, 06:59 AM   #13   [permalink]
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Polls have been done to death on forums. You'd need a modification or something that can make it more than a poll.
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Old 24-06-2009, 10:33 AM   #14   [permalink]
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Polls have been done to death on forums. You'd need a modification or something that can make it more than a poll.

'More than a poll'? What, a haptic interface? A wiki? Wait, wait, I got this, we vote from our twitter accounts!

A poll takes about five seconds work, so it's no major deal. If ATh doesn't have the time I'll throw one up, but less banal suggestions for topics might be nice.

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Originally Posted by John Faulkner View Post
Why are you posting on a messageboard if you don't care about other people's opinions at all?
Never said I didn't care. I enjoy the interaction and discussion more than anything.
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Have you forgotten that we are on AnimeBoards.com?

I would never answer a poll about Evangelion because I've never watched it before. If a poll get's too specific many will be secluded from the discussions it would generate. The topics need to be a little open to include everybody.
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