Recently I came across few questions in our meta which were "polling" in nature. I too asked my previous question of same type.

In a way such questions potentially could be close-able as "opinion based", because the answers would vary based on user's own experience. But due to their specific nature, I created a tag , to legitimize such posts.

A fellow user drew my attention to below posts which suggest that meta sites don't encourage polling.

Since the meta-s are community driven, every meta is somewhat different with common base rules.


  • Is polling accepted in our meta?
  • Is it worth having a tag for it?

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It's probably not a good idea, except for the occasional bit of amusement. Which is to say... It's fine, as long as you don't take the results seriously.

Meta sites tend to represent a somewhat skewed sample of the total membership of the site, so expecting voting on answers to a meta question to reflect the opinions is a bit dodgy at best.

On top of that... Most of us are pretty bad at constructing balanced polls; we'll usually pick options that subtly push readers toward the outcome we'd like to see.

For that reason more than any, anything even slightly serious should be posted as a discussion, with answers posted by those motivated to defend them.

See also: How is consensus determined on Meta sites?

  • From your answer, I understand that the non-serious polls are OK, which don't solely depend on voting. BTW, does creating tag named as "poll" mean, that the site promotes polls or it simply doesn't matter to have or not have such tag?
    – iammilind
    Jul 10, 2018 at 0:17
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    Probably wouldn't be useful
    – Shog9
    Jul 10, 2018 at 2:42
  • Jon in his answer mentioned, "But meta (especially on beta sites) is supposed to be where participants shape the future of their sites."
    – TheLittleNaruto Mod
    Jul 10, 2018 at 8:30

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