Note that this is not about [polls] questions.

Looking through the 120 or so questions tagged , there seems to be a wide range of topics it's used for.

  1. poll() (usually with [c] questions)
  2. Java's Queue#poll()
  3. PrimeFaces p:poll tag
  4. Sitecore poll module
  5. RichFaces a4j:poll tag
  6. Drupal Advanced Poll module
  7. Solving a problem using a polling strategy
  8. Creating a piece of software that polls users (i.e. asks questions)
  9. Using the Facebook API to create a poll/question

We ought to disambiguate this tag. Before I go on a massive re-tagging spree, I'd be interested in community input on how we should re-tag these, and which one most deserves to own the [poll] tag itself.

I've done a fair amount of investigation already and have come up with some suggestions. I've split them up into separate answers below since it'd be difficult to get accurate and specific feedback if they were all lumped into a single answer. I welcome other answers with alternative suggestions. Chuckles at the notion of creating poll-like answers to a question about questions tagged [poll].

If consensus is reached I'll go and update tag wikis and re-tag where appropriate.

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    The only actual peril I see with the [poll] tag is its possible use for creating a poll question. Your first six bullets can be disambiguated as [poll-method], [queue-poll], [primefaces-poll], [sitecore-poll], [richfaces-poll], and [drupal-poll], assuming they need disambiguating at all (you can use multiple tags in a search, y'know. You can even get an RSS feed for the tag set).
    – user102937
    Commented Apr 9, 2012 at 15:19
  • @RobertHarvey - Yeah, I saw the potential for misuse / misunderstanding as well. The alternative there would be to simply blacklist the [poll] tag in favor of the disambiguated ones.
    – Rob Hruska
    Commented Apr 9, 2012 at 15:22
  • I honestly don't feel disambiguation is needed, especially for that few questions. As I said, you can use multiple tags in a search, as in [primefaces] [poll]
    – user102937
    Commented Apr 9, 2012 at 15:23
  • @RobertHarvey - We can just leave questions for #1-6 alone. I think there may still need to be a re-tagging effort for #7 and #8, though. #9 I'm still unsure about.
    – Rob Hruska
    Commented Apr 9, 2012 at 15:29
  • I've listed this in The great Stack Overflow tag/question cleanup of 2012 - If you'd update that post when complete (for the appropriate tag), it would be much appreciated.
    – casperOne
    Commented Apr 9, 2012 at 15:43

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Questions for solving a problem using a polling strategy should use the tag. It has a number of questions already and most of them seem to be of this type.

  • Agreed. I added a tag wiki.
    – user102937
    Commented Apr 9, 2012 at 15:22

For creating Facebook polls, we should create a new tag: . Facebook has API documentation for its Questions interface.

There might be some confusion by non-observant (i.e. lazy) users who think that this tag means "I have a question about Facebook."

  • Facebook already has the [facebook] tag, and it's own URL. That's not enough?
    – user102937
    Commented Apr 9, 2012 at 15:11
  • @RobertHarvey - I'm okay with removing it too. I don't frequent the [facebook] tags much, so my opinion's rather uninformed. I could see these questions being retagged under [facebook-graph-api], too.
    – Rob Hruska
    Commented Apr 9, 2012 at 15:13
  • So there's something called "Facebook Polls?" Sheesh.
    – user102937
    Commented Apr 9, 2012 at 15:14

should be used for poll() questions (i.e. linux file event polling). They seem to be the majority of the existing tagged questions.

The only potential issue here is that new users who don't read the tag wiki may continue use [poll] for unrelated questions.


For the questions about creating a poll-style application (i.e. asking users questions / voting), I'm inclined to just un-tag them.

One alternative would be to tag them with something like [user-polls] or [voting], but those still feel too vague.


I think the following types of questions probably don't need a [poll] tag of any kind - the subject (e.g. PrimeFaces) tag would probably be enough:

  • Java's Queue#poll()
  • PrimeFaces p:poll tag
  • Sitecore poll module
  • Drupal Advanced Poll module

There aren't really that many of these types of questions, anyway.

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