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Inchworm
butterfly wannabe
Premium
join:2002-04-18
Bozeman, MT

[request] BBR Polls

I would like to see a standard option for all BBR polls: "Don't know/don't care"

Every time I come to BBR and find the animated "New Poll" arrow at the top of the page, I go and read the question. Most of the time I have no personal knowledge of the question being asked, so I don't have an informed opinion to express. But, I do want that animated arrow to quit moving--it's there every time I reload my favorites page and keeps drawing my eye to the top of the page (makes me think an IM is waiting.) Eventually, I end up completing the poll just to stop the animation and that's no way to collect opinion on a subject!
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Dezbend
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join:2001-04-20

Re: BBR Polls

Sign, or have an abstain option that would make that arrow stop.
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Rockster
Premium
join:2002-03-03
Brisbane AU

reply to Inchworm
Actually Inchy, it's not that bad. I never wanted to be forced to take a poll by being annoyed with a little arrow that danced around on my Fav Forums page. There was NO WAY I was going to click that button and take part in a poll that I really couldn't care less about just to make that arrow shut up and so I just left it. Darned thing has been dancing around for months now and I can honestly say that I just don't notice it any more.

Little things like that really annoy me, but I got used to it!

But for those who MUST click that button, I'll *sign*.

Edit: Why oh why did I post in this thread??? Now that I'm conscious of it again, all I can see is that stupid, stupid arrow
[text was edited by author 2003-07-08 17:04:32]


removed
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join:2002-02-08
Houston, TX
kudos:40
reply to Inchworm
*object* - if you don't care, don't vote.


grobinette
Southeast of disorder
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Springfield, VA
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reply to Inchworm
I see your point, I would *sign* to an abstain choice to stop the animation or code it so that if you click on the animation link to go see the poll it would stop blinking.
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sieklucki1

join:2002-08-12
Seattle, WA
reply to Inchworm
said by removed:
*object* - if you don't care, don't vote.
As oWn3d said, I also *object*.


Inchworm
butterfly wannabe
Premium
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Bozeman, MT
reply to Inchworm
It's not that I don't care, so much as the fact that the large majority of BBR polls are about subjects that are outside my interests. I don't care how it is handled, just give me a way to stop the animated arrow at the top of my page. Like grobinette said, the code could be changed so that once I visit the poll page (whether I vote or not) it would be deactivated. I just suggested a "don't know/don't care" option as a means to that end.
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Andy8
B B R Bash Bush Regularly
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join:2002-01-26
::1
reply to Inchworm
Just do what most probably do anyway..

eenie meenie miney moe....

The "don't care, don't vote" attitude wont stop the flashing "POLL" .gif, now will it.

Now just throwing a useless vote in, and skewing the legitimacy of the poll will work just fine.

Or at the very least just vote "Other" without giving a reason why.
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Big Time
Pull My Finger
Premium
join:2002-10-19
Washington

reply to Inchworm
*sign*
I've seen this brought up before. The flashing icon bugs me if I don't get to the poll right away.
I think that once I visit the poll page, it should stop flashing even if I choose not to vote in the poll.

[text was edited by author 2003-07-08 18:35:28]


INTENS1
Never Stop Trying
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join:2002-04-21
Midwest
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reply to grobinette
said by grobinette:
I see your point, I would *sign* to an abstain choice to stop the animation or code it so that if you click on the animation link to go see the poll it would stop blinking.
*Sign*
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Shanto20
Don't Frown, Be Brown
Premium
join:2001-09-30
Scarsdale, NY
reply to removed
said by removed:
*object* - if you don't care, don't vote.
Agreed. *object*
but i would like to see this: if you have voted in the thread stop wasting time by showing the choices again and show the results only.
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Arelay
They call me Obi-Ron
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reply to Inchworm
said by Rockster:
Now that I'm conscious of it again, all I can see is that stupid, stupid arrow
Kinda like noticing your hiccups are gone.:D

said by Inchworm:
just give me a way to stop the animated arrow at the top of my page. Like grobinette said, the code could be changed so that once I visit the poll page (whether I vote or not) it would be deactivated.
*sign*
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aaron2486
Premium
join:2001-12-01
Altoona, PA
reply to Shanto20
said by Shanto20:
but i would like to see this: if you have voted in the thread stop wasting time by showing the choices again and show the results only.

I brought that up before but nothing was ever done about it. (»[request] Displaying poll results)

Back to this suggestion, I *sign* for a way to eliminate the animated arrow, but not necessarily a way that would affect the outcome of the poll.
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C_
Kill The Socialists
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kudos:3
reply to Inchworm
*object* if you dont care pick the more negative choice


Optimized
Premium,MVM,Ex-Mod 2004-13
join:2001-05-03
Ringwood, NJ
reply to Inchworm
I'm going to stay *neutral* on this one because I rarely ever vote in the polls as it is.

I usually just ignore the flashing graphic
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Tomek
Premium
join:2002-01-30
Valley Stream, NY
reply to removed
said by removed:
*object* - if you don't care, don't vote.
And this arrow is a good reminder that there is new poll
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davidg
Good Bye My Friend
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join:2002-06-15
none
reply to Inchworm
object. when you click on the poll, it quits flashing anyway, or at least it does for me.
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KeysCapt
FAQ Master
join:2001-07-11
Carson City, NV
kudos:1

1 recommendation

reply to Inchworm
But that's her whole point, if I may.

The animated arrow is there to direct your attention to a new poll, and nudge you to cast a vote in it. However, if it's a subject about which you have no knowledge, it would be helpful if there was a way to abstain from voting, and still de-animate the arrow. Casting a blind vote just to escape from the new poll arrow is not helpful to the poll results.

Probably a coding hassle, but for the idea, *sign*.


davidg
Good Bye My Friend
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join:2002-06-15
none
no, i mean if i just view the poll without voting it quits flashing. or i think it does. i will check next time there's a new one.


fire100_old
Premium
join:2002-08-09
Michigan

reply to Inchworm
Inchworm has a great point, some of us don't have the time, to read or vote in the poll, and the flashing arrow, can be annoying at times.

I **SIGN** to the fact that once you visit the page, the blinking arrow stops.



[text was edited by author 2003-07-09 14:01:17]


KeysCapt
FAQ Master
join:2001-07-11
Carson City, NV
kudos:1
reply to davidg
said by davidg:
no, i mean if i just view the poll without voting it quits flashing. or i think it does. i will check next time there's a new one.
Ah ha. Good point. Didn't used to do that, but if it does now, then it's a great improvement.

Thanks for clarifying.


Optimized
Premium,MVM,Ex-Mod 2004-13
join:2001-05-03
Ringwood, NJ

reply to davidg
I just checked that out and the flashing arrow did not disappear by me just viewing the poll.

I had to vote for it to disappear.


[text was edited by author 2003-07-09 15:34:56]


davidg
Good Bye My Friend
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huh, i use ie6 and have never, well maybe once, voted in one. it always just goes away after i look at it.

WHO KNOWS????


Optimized
Premium,MVM,Ex-Mod 2004-13
join:2001-05-03
Ringwood, NJ
said by davidg:
huh, i use ie6 and have never, well maybe once, voted in one. it always just goes away after i look at it.

WHO KNOWS????
I'll try it again next time there is a new poll

I am also using IE 6
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ColdinCbus
Premium
join:2002-12-28
Columbus, OH
Just tried it with IE6 and it is still flashing.


Inchworm
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Bozeman, MT
said by ColdinCbus:
Just tried it with IE6 and it is still flashing.
Same here -- I use IE6 and it doesn't matter how many times I view a poll, I have to actually vote to get the arrow to quit moving. If the subject is something I am not informed on, I don't want to skew the results with a non-informed vote but I do want the animated arrow to stop moving. Besides, if it keeps blinking endlessly, how would I know when another newer poll comes along? I like to contribute to the BBR polls when my contribution would mean something.
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ColdinCbus
Premium
join:2002-12-28
Columbus, OH
I agree with you and *sign* to the idea. I am not sure it can be done though.

I have a similar problem, I have already voted on the most current poll. Since someone kick-started the servers this morning, the flasher is back. Now I have to go back and find a poll that I have not voted on to turn it off. I might suggest you search for one that interests you and vote in it.
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DonLibes
Premium,ExMod 2001
join:2003-01-19
reply to Inchworm
I have animations disabled by default. There are a very few websites that I have animations re-enabled. DSLR/BBR is not one of them. There are just too many gratuitous animations.

I'm surprised to hear anyone complain specifically and only about the poll animation. Considering that so many people's avatars are animated here, I would think that you would find many parts of the site equally annoying.

I use »privoxy.org which gives very fine control over what individual pages or websites can do on your browser.


Inchworm
butterfly wannabe
Premium
join:2002-04-18
Bozeman, MT
I like the animated avatars and they don't distract me because the only place they are visible is inside a thread. The BBR poll arrow is located at the top of the other pages, just below the place where incoming IM's blink. Having that arrow blinking makes me think there's an IM waiting. I guess I should say that the animation itself isn't the problem---it's more the location of the arrow.

Maybe an alternate solution would be to just move it to a different spot on the page. But there would still be the problem of not knowing when newer polls are posted if the arrow blinks all the time, as it does in IE6 unless you actually vote in the poll.
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davidg
Good Bye My Friend
Premium,MVM
join:2002-06-15
none
reply to Inchworm
i stand corrected, it does still flash after viewing and not voting. i could have sworn i never had to vote before, but i guess i was wrong.

so i now change my vote to ***sign***!!