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There are some questions here on meta about poll questions but I'm not sure I've ever seen one on Stack Overflow or Stack Overflow Meta.

Do they exist on Stack Overflow or Stack Overflow Meta?

Did they ever exist?

Where did they go if they did exist?

I searched on here for Poll questions and there were mention of them but couldnt recall having ever seen one. I thought it may have been a specific type of question with a little graph and stuff. It just seemed the way folk were talking about them they may have existed as an actual type of question at one time.

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  • How do you know there are some if you've never seen one?
    – animuson StaffMod
    Jun 18, 2012 at 19:36
  • I searched on here for Poll questions and there were mention of them but couldnt recall having ever seen one. I thought it may have been a specific type of question with a little graph and stuff Jun 18, 2012 at 19:38
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    Why the down votes? Jun 18, 2012 at 19:38
  • Check out the faq. People tend to throw around downvotes alot here (on Meta), for a variety of reasons =) Jun 18, 2012 at 19:40
  • @jadarnel27 I have noticed which is why I often avoid engaging - I have a genuine question asked in a polite manner but -5? Im not saying bring them back :p Jun 18, 2012 at 19:42
  • Here's a rev of a "historically significant" question that had the polls tag for about a month Jun 18, 2012 at 19:43
  • "I have a genuine question asked in a polite manner but -5?" - Meta is a harsh mistress, indeed. Jun 18, 2012 at 19:55
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    Meta rep is pretty much worthless. If you ever want to add a bounty on a feature request you like, @me and (if I like it too!) I'll slap some on. That's about all its worth. Oh, and you might notice that you've gained 50 rep from this, but lost 16, as of this edit.
    – user1228
    Jun 18, 2012 at 20:10
  • @Won't Thanks, I feel better now - Bizarrely I think I have more rep now than when I asked the question due to the amount of overall votes :) - However its not settled down yet! Jun 18, 2012 at 20:12
  • Mysterious myth? Or Legendary Legend?
    – Ben Brocka
    Jun 18, 2012 at 20:26
  • @BenBrocka Or Unfortunately reality Jun 18, 2012 at 20:28
  • Is this another poll
    – bobobobo
    Jun 18, 2012 at 20:43
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    Meta is very cliquish, very angry at times....just overall odd and scary. Ignore the downvotes - this is a good question someone who's new here could reasonably ask. Jun 18, 2012 at 20:56
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    +1, so I feel better about -1'ing you at some later date without just cause.
    – user7116
    Jun 18, 2012 at 21:44

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I searched on here for Poll questions and there were mention of them but couldnt recall having ever seen one. I thought it may have been a specific type of question with a little graph and stuff

I think you're misunderstanding what is meant by "poll question".

A poll question is any type of question which asks other users to pick one of multiple (possibly infinite) choices. There isn't a specific interface for this type of questions, nor are they wanted here. Poll questions solicit opinion and are – therefore – not constructive.

Where did they go if they did exist?

Most (hopefully all) got locked, closed and/or deleted.

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  • Thanks Dennis - I agree they are not constructive, It just seemed the way folk were talking about them they may have existed as an actual type of question at one time. Jun 18, 2012 at 19:46
  • You should have just asked that. Until you added the comment I quoted, I never considered the possibility of a specific interface for poll questions. The downvotes make me assume that I wasn't the only one. Also: Tag support questions as [support]. Support questions (should) get downvoted less.
    – Dennis
    Jun 18, 2012 at 19:54
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Do they exist on Stack Overflow / Meta?

No.

Did they ever exist?

Yes.

Where did they go if they did exist?

Yahoo! Answers.

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    The migration path to Yahoo! Answers was the greatest feature add ever. Jun 18, 2012 at 19:43
  • Hmm. I could've sworn they went into the Google Buzz! Archives... Jun 18, 2012 at 20:05
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Where did they go if they did exist?

Most were deleted, meaning you can only see them if you have 10K rep.

A list of popular deleted questions—many of which are poll questions—can be found here


There's also Stack Printer, which provides public access to most of these questions.

Just be very, very careful. Opening up any of these questions can often result in multiple hours being wasted.

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