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Old April 10th, 2011 (6:35 PM). Edited August 4th, 2013 by Honest.
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Post Two: Types of Polls

Patchisou Yutohru, a previous CCP mod (then OVP), wrote a handy guide about the kinds of polls found in CCP, and quite frankly, I'd still like to keep it around.

Here is the post in its entirety. Enjoy!


Permitted Other Voting Poll Thread Types

There's a lot of confusion between that "mysterious gray area" between D&D and CCP - where the "lost socks and peanut-butter sandwiches" always seem to end up. To help reduce the amount of confusion, I thought it would be a good idea to bring over this post from Other Entertainment so you guys know what types of threads belong here and which threads belong over in Other Chat. So, below is a list of permitted thread types in CCP. If the thread you are looking to post belongs in Off-Topic Discussions, but does not fall into one of these categories, such as chat threads, discussion threads, debate threads, etc., please post them in Other Chat. Of course, if you have any questions, please don't be afraid to ask.

Question Threads

Question threads are obviously regarding questions. This goes without say. Typically, in Other Voting Polls, question threads are usually based on a specific topic with a various list regarding that topic. For example, if the main topic was school subjects, the poster may ask if you like school, what type of school you go to, your classes, your teachers, what time you get out of school, what time you start, etc. These are the main types of threads that are encouraged in Other Voting Polls. They're similar to Opinionated Threads, but offer more than just one simple question and your answer to it since they offer more than one question.

Official Threads

This one is short, simple, and to the point. Anything that's pinned to the top of the forum, divided by the sticky divider, are official threads. These generally refer to informative threads, such as this. In Other Voting Polls, whether Poll of the Week is offered at the time, there may or may not be an "official" poll for Other Voting Polls for a week, or sometimes more. But apart from that, usually the only threads that are posted here are threads that deal with OVP directly.

Poll Threads

This one is rather obvious, hints the name of the forum. Poll threads offer discussion based on a limited option of choices and a specific topic at hand. I don't think it needs much explanation.

Conditional Threads

These types of threads are usually hypothetical situations the original poster puts all the readers and repliers in. They set up a scenario for you with conditions of replying and then you reply with whatever the final question is. It's very much like question threads, other than the spark of other questions that come out of it are gone. These are more of the creative, brain scratching threads that require actual thinking. Unfortunately, while these are usually the more interesting types of threads in OVP, these are also the more inactive threads.

Opinionated Threads

These are what I call "Post and Go" threads. These should be considered poll threads... without the poll due to a wide variety of options available to choose. These threads include threads based on what your favorite of something is. An example of this type of thread would include threads asking what your favorite of something is, such as "What's your favorite ice cream flavor?" or "What type of architecture is your favorite and why?"