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Bug 147 - Add a poll module to Wikipedia
Add a poll module to Wikipedia
Product: Wikimedia
Classification: Unclassified
General/Unknown (Other open bugs)
All All
: Lowest enhancement with 1 vote (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2004-08-16 16:56 UTC by xmlizer
Modified: 2011-03-13 18:06 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description xmlizer 2004-08-16 16:56:26 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
* etc...
Comment 1 Timwi 2004-08-19 09:54:30 UTC
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.
Comment 2 Kurt Jansson 2004-08-28 21:06:53 UTC
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. 
Comment 3 Darkoneko 2005-05-14 11:14:48 UTC
Against it, too

and why should a vote be anonymous ? It's not like the votants would be arrested
or something...

also, I think justification for a vote is important
Comment 4 jediarchives11 2005-07-23 05:01:30 UTC
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.
Comment 5 Rob Church 2005-08-30 10:32:05 UTC
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
Comment 6 jediarchives11 2005-08-30 13:46:12 UTC
All very true.  Perhaps this would be better as an extension and not as an actual 
part of the code.
Comment 7 Rob Church 2005-08-30 14:33:55 UTC
An optional extension would probably be a good compromise.
Comment 8 Brion Vibber 2005-08-30 22:16:58 UTC
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.)
Comment 9 T. Gries 2005-08-30 22:22:20 UTC
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 ?
Comment 10 jediarchives11 2005-10-19 01:51:46 UTC
If someone has made an extension for this, could they post it please?
Comment 11 Rob Church 2005-10-19 06:35:58 UTC
A meta user appears to have created such an extension. See for more details.

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