Polls should be closed after a specific time has
passed. The specific time which must pass before
the poll will be closed should be decided by some
sworn Oracle, Federal Certified Prophet or if not available
by a Tibetian or Sillicon Valley Lama. In cases of emergency
the Lama can be substituted by a Camel.
After all... 640 votes should be enough for anyone, right? ;)
Seriously, the poll should be closed 1)when someone with the ability to set a poll has a kickin' new idea and the current poll has been up long enough (subjective) 2)the rate of votes per day approaches zero (assumes predictable vote pattern of type y=1/ax). Of course, you can't close a poll unless there is a new topic. If there are no new topics in the poll queue, then the topic default should be some sort of "Future poll topics I'd like to see are:" question, with options being some seed ideas like "Favorite foo", "Most frequent foo", "Perl foo", "General Programming foo", "Life, the Universe, and Foo".
Well of course it depends on the desired confidence limits doesn't it? Underspecified terms of reference are the bane of consultants...
I would also like to confirm that the bars will be open during polling hours, or else I'd say close the polls at 11am. I know that will be a sharp restriction on many people's consumption patterns, so I will leave the timezone unspecified.
...I believe that the size of the responding population is important, so this is a relevant question. My guess is that 512 is a high enough number to plateau among this population.
I've never understood this aspect of statistics, but certainly there is a point at which the answer will not change by gathering more responses.
I like the practicality of the principle that a poll should close when a new one appears.
But perhaps my favorite observation in this thread was that a poll could close when the number of responses per day tails off. This ignores the issue of changes to the poll. Above a certain point, there won't be any change to the outcome, so some might conclude that this is the only important factor. What I didn't consider in my first thoughts on this matter was that although a poll might have reached a stable point, that doesn't mean that someone here wouldn't want to put in their two-bits worth. (Of course it should be someone who either doesn't understand statistics, or isn't voting in the hope of affecting the outcome, but rather with the objective of communicating their opinion. Or both. :-))
Is it structurally possible to leave polls open after they've been relegated to the archive? Someone's home node recently led me to the set of old polls. I was hoping to find more polls to vote on and discovered that they are read-only. I would like it if I could back-fill by voting on old polls and adding to their threads. But I'm funny that way. (And I probably qualify as a member of the "both" category described above.)
In my humble opinion, polls should be closed when the number
of votes has reached above 10% of the number of registered
users and the number of new votes per day is equal to or less
than one. That way, you get a general indication of the
feelings of the Monks and it leaves time for all the late stragglers
or people who have been working too hard to vote before :)
The exception to this should be when Something Important in
the Perl World happens and a new poll regarding that has to be
Just a thought.
A web poll should (and might automatically) be closed as soon as the number 500, or possibly 404 is encountered. ;-)
You have moved into a dark place.
It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.
Erg, um, I chose 666, b'cause it's a nice, round, happy number.
Funny how the writer of Revelation picked that number: when
you take the number values of each letter in the original
language, you create a new number. It was only fitting that
the writer, being forcefully exiled by his government, calculated
this number and wrote about it. The name used to calculate that
number? "Nero Caesar".
I wonder what other names equate to 666 (heh, sounds like a
project to me...must do more research!). Kinda also deflates
all the heavy SatanMetal of the 80's and 90's, and makes all
those "EvilKids" you went to school with, who had that number
etched with a knife into their books and folders and whatever
else, kinda look like misguided fools. Y'know? Ah, smalltown life.
Let he who has wisdom calculate the number of a man, for
it is the number of the beast. That number is six-hundred and
Revelation 13:18 (one of the few scriptures I know)
-Shawn (Ph)Phaysis If idle hands are the tools of the devil, are idol tools the hands of god?
Half the time I forget to check if there's a new poll because of the length of time in between polls. maybe a "New Poll" alert at the top of the screen would be cool. Or if we knew every Monday was a new poll - something like that.