Last modified: 2011-03-13 18:06:39 UTC
The goal is to add a vote module to the wikipedia so as to have :
* Unicity of the vote (and may be autorize modification)
* Anonymity of some vote (to avoid mass single vote)
* Setting of the start time and the end time of the vote
* Setting the condition to be a voter (number of commit, elderity, etc...)
* Propose Yes/No, choice list vote and may be free vote
Personally, I am against this, because Wikipedia should not be run entirely by
polls. If there was a feature specifically for polls, it would provide
incentive for people to use it more.
I share Timwi's fear. When we have this feature, people will want to use it, and
others will be motivated to game the system.
Against it, too
and why should a vote be anonymous ? It's not like the votants would be arrested
also, I think justification for a vote is important
I think this poll would be useful. I admit that its use would have to be limited and kept
under control, however, in response to Comments #1, 2 and 3's concerns. If it was added, what
I would use it for on my wiki would be to allow users to rate how much liked a book or
videogame. They could simply choose a quality level and vote, then have their vote added to
the total. Simple and easy. This would be in addition to user opinions, though.
Wikipedia isn't a retail web site where customers need to compare products, and
what individuals (aside from noted critics) think about a book, videogame,
album, etc. is non-encyclopedic information.
Wikipedia is not a democracy and does not follow conventional voting/polling;
pages such as Requests for Adminship, Articles for Deletion, etc. use a method
which is more complex than a straight vote, which aims to generate consensus,
not a majority verdict.
For further reading, see
All very true. Perhaps this would be better as an extension and not as an actual
part of the code.
An optional extension would probably be a good compromise.
Do feel free to make an extension for polls; on many sites these may be fun or
even on-topic. ;)
I'm closing this bug as it doesn't look likely that we'll have such on Wikimedia.
(We have had some special-purpose voting extensions however, for the Wikimedia
foundation board elections.)
I think, Magnus has programmed something. He demonstrated the system to me in
chat @ Wikimania conference.
Magnus, you are the expert, can you elaborate, please ?
If someone has made an extension for this, could they post it please?
A meta user appears to have created such an extension. See
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Sent/Poll for more details.