I Am Experimenting With the “Poll” Feature of WordPress To Gather and Share Some Genealogy Information Among Readers; Take the Poll At the Top of the Right Sidebar

Hi Everyone!

I thought I would be BOLD and actually learn a little bit more about the blogging capabilities within WordPress.

One such feature that has been staring me in the face when I work on the blog is a function available called “Polls”.  I ask some kind of question related to genealogy and from the set-up of the question you respond to the question with a “yes” or “no” or you pick an answer from a list that fits your experience that I have created.  There may be some other options I can pursue but for now I am going to try to keep it simple.

At the home page of this blog on the right sidebar, the first thing you will see is the area I am going to use to do my polling.  So every time you get to the home page of the blog you should be easily able to see this and go and enter your response to the question.

I do not know anything about you the responder to the poll.  All the poll does is accumulate the responses and the overall statistics.  No special information is being provided to me that identifies you, the responder, in any way, shape or form!!

Be bold as I am by just creating this poll function.  Express yourself and respond to the poll question!

Within WordPress there is an attempt that is built-in that allows you to vote only once.  So I guess you can’t stuff the ballot box or vote multiple times as you can in American Idol.  Both you and I will see how this voting unfolds.

I have not decided yet how often I may switch to a new poll.  Maybe monthly or maybe never if this turns out to be a disaster!!

I have a few more “polls” in the back of my head to ask in the future but I am open to any suggestions from my readers on what genealogy related poll questions I should consider asking for our readers to reply to and see the results for questions that may be of interest.  I understand that within the “poll” there is the capability for you to leave a comment.  It appears you just have to click on the link at the bottom of the poll that says “View Results”.  For those leaving comments I will be able to moderate them before posting.  My assumption at this point is that your comment will require you to provide some information just like when you leave a comment today for a regular post.  I am learning this as I go so we will see how “comments” for a “poll” appear.

So batten down the hatches!

Go where no man has ever been!

Let the polling begin!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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2 responses to “I Am Experimenting With the “Poll” Feature of WordPress To Gather and Share Some Genealogy Information Among Readers; Take the Poll At the Top of the Right Sidebar

  1. Kenneth L. Kirkland

    It was not clear to me that to take the poll in the right-hand sidebar that one had to press COMMENT first before one would see that sidebar.

    • Hi Ken,

      In order to vote all you need to do is select one of the choices provided in the list and then click on the “Vote” button. You do not have to click on the link to “View Results” first and then vote.

      You can then click on the “See Results” link after voting at the bottom of the page. You will then see the PollDaddy page where the poll exists and the number of votes that have occurred within each response and the percent that represents of the total votes. You will also see the area in PollDaddy to then leave a comment and submit that comment back to me. The comment area does not appear to be doing what I would have expected based on how I set it up. Comments should come to me for a review and will not automatically post to the poll. My test comments are nowhere to be found even though the Poll shows that two comments were left. If you click on the link for the comments you do not seen them. As the author of the blog I have not seen anything come back to me for review prior to allowing it to post.

      I am hoping to hear back from WordPress on what is happening with comments being left and where they can be viewed after I have seen them and OK’d them to post.

      This is why I made my post on this being the first time using the Poll feature.

      I was not quite sure how this process works which means we are all on an initial “learning curve” right now.

      Thanks for visiting and trying to vote.

      Try voting again as I noted early on in this reply if you did not actually vote and your vote should register with no problem.

      Tony Kierna
      Genealogy Coordinator
      Schaumburg Township District Library

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