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I recently ran across a couple of open poll/subjective questions.

What are your most useful own library extensions?

Best Practices for Concurrent CRM 2011 Development

My understanding is that questions of this nature are typically closed pretty rapidly. But these questions weren't. My guess is they had low views because they don't contain popular tags.

Normally I would just vote to close poll questions, but I flagged them as "Poll Question" because I felt that due to the low views and the lack of incentive to find questions to vote to close they wouldn't be closed organically.

So was I correct to flag these poll questions or should I just voted to close and let well enough alone?

Update/Warning for seekers of Deputy and Marshall badges

Of the 11 questions I flagged "Poll Question" since asking this question only 2 were actually closed and one was actually declined. This is sending a signal to me that at best this flagging is borderline. At worst this is simply invalid.

Also I also suspect that the only reason why I didn't get 8 declined was because the mod took pity on me so its probably not safe to think that 10 of the 11 flags were valid.

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Dunno what you're talking about. They're both closed as not constructive. – Won't Sep 9 '11 at 20:13
Yay my Flag weight went up a couple of 10ths of a point. So does this mean I should indeed flag open poll questions, or did I just get lucky that Bill and Will agreed with me. – Some Helpful Commenter Sep 9 '11 at 20:24
up vote 8 down vote accepted

If they're brand new (less than one hour) then a vote to close should be enough. If they're older than that and they don't seem to have enough close velocity it's okay to flag them. The rule of thumb that I usually apply is that if the OP is asking for a list where all answers are equally valid, then it's a poll and should be closed.

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Well that's good enough for me. just flagged 6 more ;) – Some Helpful Commenter Sep 9 '11 at 21:07
@Conrad: I remember hating the "Favorite Programming Fonts" one back when it was new. Thanks for bringing it up. :) – Bill the Lizard Sep 9 '11 at 21:49

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