FAQ: How do you create your suggestions?

  • 1
  • Idea
  • Updated 2 years ago
  • (Edited)

FAQ: Key Threads - IMDb Poll FAQs Index

=========================================================

TsarStepan Tue May 26
2015 06:48:06 

1. In what order do you create your suggestions (usually)?
A. Which comes first? The list or the discussion thread?
B. Do you try and compile the largest list you can research (IMDb search engine; Google; pop culture lists; etc...)? Or do you populate your lists/suggestions from memory?
C. Do you immediately create a list or suggestion as soon as you think of the question? Even if you only have one or two items that qualify for the suggestion? Then proceed to fill it in (option wise)?

2. Do you create suggestions intentionally expecting to blast past the 35 option max (expecting to try for multiple part suggestions)? Or do you create your suggestions figuring you'll only need one part? Or do you even consider this at all?

3. Do you do your own due diligence and look up if a given suggestion has...
A. Already been published?
B. Already been suggested recently?
C. Or do you even consider this at all?

4. When formulating suggestions, are you trying to move beyond the typical "Which of the following titles is your favorite" style? Or are you making an effort to make suggestions which results can't easily be predicted by the options' relative IMDb user ratings? Or do you even consider this at all?

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

peaspot Tue May 26 2015 09:32:52 

1.A. Which comes first? The list or the discussion thread?
List first. Always

B. Do you try and compile the largest list you can research
IMDb search engine
Google
Pop culture lists (everthing comes along with google) ✔
Or do you populate your lists/suggestions from memory

C. Do you immediately create a list or suggestion as soon as you think of the question?
Even if you only have one or two items that qualify..?

Yes, if I am online and available. Just create list first, in private. I can fill it weeks later until I finally suggest it

2. Do you create suggestions intentionally expecting to blast past the 35 option max (expecting to try for multiple part suggestions)?
No, I don't really like creating multiple part suggestions, unless it has any difference (like 1 for movie and 1 for TV). I like to have like 15-25 items first on my list, and mix the rest of it with other's suggestion

3. Do you do your own due diligence and look up if a given suggestion has...
A. Already been published?

B. Already been suggested recently?

C. Or do you even consider this at all?

But I can forget this sometimes

4. When formulating suggestions, are you trying to move beyond the typical "Which of the following titles is your favorite" style? Or are you making an effort to make suggestions which results can't easily be predicted by the options' relative IMDb user ratings?
I'll try consider the most sensible question, but it will not be too far from "what is your favorite or what is the best.. ", as I think people will still be tempted choose for their favorite no matter what the question is. 

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = 

Mega_wizard Tue May 26 2015 09:39:12 

1. A. I create the list first, then the discussion thread.
B. I try and make the biggest list possible. First I use suggestions from memory, then I fill up the rest using google/IMDb etc.
C. I create it immediately and then fill it in.

2. Depends on the suggestion. Most just to fill 35 or less, but some I think may need more polls.

3. I always check to see if the poll has already been published. If it has been suggested recently I will remember it.

4. Generally I just use favorite, as many people vote like this regardless of the question, so this gives the fairest result. Obviously this doesn't work for some suggestions though. 

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = 

horn-5 Tue May 26 2015 09:46:12 

No. 4 - I make lists that can't be easily predicted by the site's demographically-driven (who's hot today)user ratings...and I never google or wicki or (Lord, help us all) pop-culture lists (wherever those may be.)

(Which goes a long way explaining what few polls have my name on them get very little response, anyway)

I haven't made any suggestions for a long time, as I am totaly inept at figuring out how to link suggestions with list/or the other way around.

Lists currently on my Profile Page are:

http://www.imdb.com/list/ls072538171/  
Favortite Movie with "As Time Goes By" on the Soundtrack

Choose your favorite theatrical-film (from this list) that has "As Time Goes By" on the soundtrack. This song was used in over 65 Theatrica Movies. The odds are high the list does not include somebody's quantified favorite. Suggestions considered.
(I suspect the results of this one can be predicted, though. Probably requires a caveat...Other than "Casablanca" that has "AS Time Goes By....)
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Favorite Movie with Songs Sung by Alice Faye(1915-2015)
a list of 17 titles (17 because ths site has no pictures on her other films)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Favorite Movie with Blue Moon on the Soundtrack
a list of 49 titles (of the at-least 115 theatrical films that used this song)
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Yakima Canutt: 2nd Unit/Stunt Coordinator Movies
Favorite Movie on which Yakima Canutt was the 2nd Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator-This one might get a couple of votes because it is possible a couple of these films have a site-user rating of less than four digits- OLD YELLER- GONE WITH THE WIND- STAGECOACH - THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE - BEN HUR (1959) - CAT BALLOU - SPARTACUS - RIO BRAVO - RIO LOBO - BREAKHEART PASS - KHARTOUM - EL CID - WHERE EAGLES DARE - THE FIGHTING SEABEES - ROCKY MOUNTAIN - FLYING TIGERS - KIND RICHARD AND THE CRUSADERS - KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE - SONG OF NORWAY - WAR OF THE WILDCATS/IN OLD OKLAHOMA - A MAN CALLED HORSE - BLUE - SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON (1960) - HELEN OF TROY - THE KING'S THIEF - SOLDIERS THREE - IVANHOE - ANGEL AND THE BADMAN
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Real Comedy Teams...billed as such.
a list of 15 images
Real Teams or Groups(no studio-created billing pairings)
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
King Kong vs. Taggart aka Slim Pickens Rides Again

a list of 2 images
Choose your favorite Slim Pickens role.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Blazing Saddles
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

plus about 40 or more festering lists.

Les 

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

cartman_1337  Tue May 26 2015 10:38:04 

1. In what order do you create your suggestions (usually)?
A. Which comes first? The list or the discussion thread?

The list always comes first.

B. Do you try and compile the largest list you can research (IMDb search engine; Google; pop culture lists; etc...)? Or do you populate your lists/suggestions from memory?

Depends on the suggestion. Some will be from memory (typically face-offs), other from different levels of research.

C. Do you immediately create a list or suggestion as soon as you think of the question? Even if you only have one or two items that qualify for the suggestion? Then proceed to fill it in (option wise)?

No. Most ideas require some research, and in some cases I find the idea isn't suitable for a poll after all, in other cases I decide to put it off for a while, and in yet other cases I'll make the list immediately.

2. Do you create suggestions intentionally expecting to blast past the 35 option max (expecting to try for multiple part suggestions)? Or do you create your suggestions figuring you'll only need one part? Or do you even consider this at all?

I prefer to keep the lists limited to 35 or less. I have very few multiple part polls (I don't consider separate male/female versions of a question as a multiple part poll).

3. Do you do your own due diligence and look up if a given suggestion has...
A. Already been published?
B. Already been suggested recently?
C. Or do you even consider this at all?

I'll always check if a poll is already published on the idea I have, to the best of my ability. I'm a bit more sloppy when it comes to checking if something has already been suggested, as I find that a bit more cumbersome to achieve. Usually, if my idea doesn't show up already suggested on the first couple of pages of suggestion threads, I consider it fair game.

4. When formulating suggestions, are you trying to move beyond the typical "Which of the following titles is your favorite" style? Or are you making an effort to make suggestions which results can't easily be predicted by the options' relative IMDb user ratings? Or do you even consider this at all?

Many of my ideas have tried to go beyond just "favorite" of something or other, but in most cases people have voted for their favorites just the same, skewing the results against those who actually read the question, so nowadays I'm not going out of my way to avoid the "what's your favorite so-and-so" type suggestions, but again it's also down to the type of question I have in mind. 

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

BoltBait Tue May 26 2015 10:49:13 

1. In what order do you create your suggestions (usually)?
A. Which comes first? The list or the discussion thread?
B. Do you try and compile the largest list you can research (IMDb search engine; Google; pop culture lists; etc...)? Or do you populate your lists/suggestions from memory?
C. Do you immediately create a list or suggestion as soon as you think of the question? Even if you only have one or two items that qualify for the suggestion? Then proceed to fill it in (option wise)?

1.A. The discussion thread always comes first. I've made lists first before and had one published before it was ready. So, I switched to always making the discussion first so that I can get feedback before making the official list.

1.B. I first make my list from memory, do a search to fill out my initial list, post what I've got, then incorporate feedback. Once the dust settles, I'll make the list.

1.C. No. I will usually come up with the question first, then look to see if someone has already posted the same question. This has saved me a TON of research in the past.

2. Do you create suggestions intentionally expecting to blast past the 35 option max (expecting to try for multiple part suggestions)? Or do you create your suggestions figuring you'll only need one part? Or do you even consider this at all?

2. No. I really hate long lists. I usually come up with a medium sized list, incorporate suggestions, then pare it down to only the items I think will get votes.

3. Do you do your own due diligence and look up if a given suggestion has...
A. Already been published?
B. Already been suggested recently?
C. Or do you even consider this at all?

3.A. Yes
3.B. Yes
3.C. Of course!

This can usually be easily done by going to google and specifying a search like this:

site:imdb.com/poll search terms 

4. When formulating suggestions, are you trying to move beyond the typical "Which of the following titles is your favorite" style? Or are you making an effort to make suggestions which results can't easily be predicted by the options' relative IMDb user ratings? Or do you even consider this at all?

4. Using the word "favorite" is easy and I think poll takers like it. And, I usually word my questions like that at first. Sometimes I will change the question based on the feedback I get in the discussion thread.

That said, I generally try to stay away from "Which movie in the IMDb Top 35 is your favorite" as the sample size of the poll is much smaller than the sample size of all voters that make up the Top 250 list... so, the result is less reliable. I think it is better to make polls that look at certain parts of movies, like characters, or objects, or situations, or soundtracks, or actors, or... ? You know, something that can't already be figured out by looking at the movie's ratings or metascore. 

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = 

borimor Tue May 26 2015 11:25:23 

1. In what order do you create your suggestions (usually)?

A. Which comes first? The list or the discussion thread?


1. Most of the time the list come first, but sometime when I see that some of my suggestion didn't get any comment at all, I start a discussion thread before I make a list but most of the time list come first.

B. Do you try and compile the largest list you can research (IMDb search engine; Google; pop culture lists; etc...)? Or do you populate your lists/suggestions from memory?

Most of the time I have some idea from my memory, but sometimes I get ideas from the Internet. google is good source of information, to check whether what you have chosen is fit the list, for example, I used Google to check whether some of the characters fall into the category of social anxiety in my poll about SA.

C. Do you immediately create a list or suggestion as soon as you think of the question? Even if you only have one or two items that qualify for the suggestion? Then proceed to fill it in (option wise)?

Not always, sometimes I feel I can't make a good job like other people here, who have better English than me (Writing, not understanding).

Do you create suggestions intentionally expecting to blast past the 35 option max (expecting to try for multiple part suggestions)? Or do you create your suggestions figuring you'll only need one part? Or do you even consider this at all?

It's not intentional, but lately there are a lot of candidates on my list.

Most of the time create for one part, but I have a lot of similar polls that are like trilogy, like:

Color trilogy:
http://www.imdb.com/poll/Eu2Sg36zXKc/?ref_=po_ho
http://www.imdb.com/poll/FhS6fJ65zgU/?ref_=po_ho
http://www.imdb.com/poll/P57YZKadvW0/?ref_=po_ho

Feel Sorry Trilogy:
http://www.imdb.com/poll/1sB_XIWSVUE/?ref_=po_ti
http://www.imdb.com/poll/s3Kh3TzVCg4/?ref_=po_ho
http://www.imdb.com/poll/36HSweO3ALo/?ref_=po_ho

The End of.. Trilogy:
http://www.imdb.com/poll/nR5HQZd-CMQ/?ref_=po_ho
http://www.imdb.com/poll/YK_TpYzyEZE/?ref_=po_ti
http://www.imdb.com/poll/nE8YwcGTeSo/

3. Do you do your own due diligence and look up if a given suggestion has...
A. Already been published?
B. Already been suggested recently?
C. Or do you even consider this at all?

In most cases, I trust my instincts, my suggestions are usually genuine, until the last two months, it worked very well, but recently, I understand the importance of checking if something has already been suggested.

4. When formulating suggestions, are you trying to move beyond the typical "Which of the following titles is your favorite" style? Or are you making an effort to make suggestions which results can't easily be predicted by the options' relative IMDb user ratings? Or do you even consider this at all?

like Cartman many of my ideas have tried to go beyond just "favorite"- but still favorite poll it's great stock for polls. 

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = 

Pencho15 Tue May 26 2015 17:15:42

1.-

A List first.
B Sure, I try to have a complete list ready to be a poll before posting, then I'm open for things that I did not notice and that other members do, or to solve doubts I have that I ask on my own suggestion. I use IMDb and sometimes other pages, particullary Wikipedia
C No, I research first to see if I actually find eough to make it a list and then a poll. If I'm not convinced I don't proceed.

2.-
I don't consider that at all, whatever makes the poll complete is fine by me, let it be 2, 35 or anything in between.

3.-
A Only of I think something similar might have come before.
B Same as above, but if its a recent suggestion I guess I would remember it since I check the board daily. I'm more worried about having it suggested long ago.
C Same as above.

4.-
I'm not thinking about it specially, but I think I manage not to make all my my suggestions about favorite something.

My travel blog http://panchoporelmundo.blogspot.com 

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = 

Silitonga Tue May 26 2015 18:31:26 

1. In what order do you create your suggestions (usually)?

A. Which comes first? The list or the discussion thread?


The list.

B. Do you try and compile the largest list you can research (IMDb search engine; Google; pop culture lists; etc...)? Or do you populate your lists/suggestions from memory?

My memory.

C. Do you immediately create a list or suggestion as soon as you think of the question? Even if you only have one or two items that qualify for the suggestion? Then proceed to fill it in (option wise)?

One or two items isn't enough. I don't have the confident to create a new list if I only have few option of potential many option.

2. Do you create suggestions intentionally expecting to blast past the 35 option max (expecting to try for multiple part suggestions)? Or do you create your suggestions figuring you'll only need one part? Or do you even consider this at all?

I never really had intentionally list that would be over the maximum option. If I think its a good suggestion, I made the list and option would come over. If the option flooded, the next part would be needed.

3. Do you do your own due diligence and look up if a given suggestion has...
A. Already been published?
B. Already been suggested recently?
C. Or do you even consider this at all?

A. Last year, yes. But, lately, I'm really lazy LOL!
B. Browsing through the board
C. Of course.

4. When formulating suggestions, are you trying to move beyond the typical "Which of the following titles is your favorite" style? Or are you making an effort to make suggestions which results can't easily be predicted by the options' relative IMDb user ratings? Or do you even consider this at all?

After so many polls, trying to make a unique poll is important. 

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

dan_dassow Sun Jul 12 2015 02:28:23

1. In what order do you create your suggestions (usually)?
A. Which comes first? The list or the discussion thread?
Usually the list.

B. Do you try and compile the largest list you can research (IMDb search engine; Google; pop culture lists; etc...)? Or do you populate your lists/suggestions from memory?
I do research based on the best information available via multiple sources.

C. Do you immediately create a list or suggestion as soon as you think of the question? Even if you only have one or two items that qualify for the suggestion? Then proceed to fill it in (option wise)?
I usually create a list even if it has only one item. Most of the time I have more than 10 choices.

2. Do you create suggestions intentionally expecting to blast past the 35 option max (expecting to try for multiple part suggestions)? Or do you create your suggestions figuring you'll only need one part? Or do you even consider this at all?
I try to define criteria for the poll that makes the number options manageable. If I have too few items, I loosen the criteria. If I have too many items, I tighten the criteria.

3. Do you do your own due diligence and look up if a given suggestion has...
A. Already been published?
B. Already been suggested recently?
C. Or do you even consider this at all?
I do due diligence to avoid duplicating any poll that has been suggested. Sometimes duplicating an existing suggestion is difficult to avoid if someone uses different terminology for essentially the same poll.

4. When formulating suggestions, are you trying to move beyond the typical "Which of the following titles is your favorite" style? Or are you making an effort to make suggestions which results can't easily be predicted by the options' relative IMDb user ratings? Or do you even consider this at all?
My objective in creating a poll is be as original as possible, have a poll that his fun to take, is relatively easy to take, and does not have an obvious answer.

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = 

alioth4 Sun Jul 12 2015 04:03:15 

1. In what order do you create your suggestions (usually)?
A. Which comes first? The list or the discussion thread?


List, always. Sometimes I'll have a list sitting for awhile before I put it up for a poll suggestion. I have a couple like that on the back burner now.

B. Do you try and compile the largest list you can research (IMDb search engine; Google; pop culture lists; etc...)? Or do you populate your lists/suggestions from memory?


Usually from memory, but I might supplement it with searches or other sources if I don't remember very many. Of course, I'll also solicit suggestions from you all .

C. Do you immediately create a list or suggestion as soon as you think of the question? Even if you only have one or two items that qualify for the suggestion? Then proceed to fill it in (option wise)?

I've done that before, yes. I think even now I have a list with only three or four items, that I intend to be longer (not a faceoff)--I haven't put it up for suggestion yet, I might give it another look soon though.

Sometimes I'll roll out a short list into poll suggestions, expecting to get a lot of additional suggestions for the list from others (which may or may not happen).

2. Do you create suggestions intentionally expecting to blast past the 35 option max (expecting to try for multiple part suggestions)? Or do you create your suggestions figuring you'll only need one part? Or do you even consider this at all?

For the most part, I like to stay under 35 and not do some two-parter thing. Lately I've been doing shorter lists too.

3. Do you do your own due diligence and look up if a given suggestion has...
A. Already been published?
B. Already been suggested recently?
C. Or do you even consider this at all?

Within memory. I've been on here fairly consistently for at least the past year more or less, so if something's been done within that time I'll likely remember. But if something recent does overlap too much with one of my suggestions I'll take it off if someone points that out.

I'm not sure how you'd look up a poll topic--there are often many possible titles people can give a poll of a certain topic. So yeah, it's generally going to be that if I remember a similar suggestion or poll has been made, I'll avoid doing too similar a suggestion.

4. When formulating suggestions, are you trying to move beyond the typical "Which of the following titles is your favorite" style? Or are you making an effort to make suggestions which results can't easily be predicted by the options' relative IMDb user ratings? Or do you even consider this at all?

Mixed. Sometimes I'll ask "favorite"; sometimes I'll ask "best example (of a given trope)" (on lists exploring tropes); or some other question relevant to whatever factor the items on the list have in common. Although most voters probably do just pick their favorite, regardless.

I don't worry too much about imbalance; oftentimes I might like to just give even relatively obscure movies which I like some exposure (may not get many votes, but some voters may get curious about these movies). On some lists (involving superficial but fun themes like wordplay in the title), I might not even know a lot of the obscure ones myself though.

Understanding is a three-edged sword. 

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

KhaledKalache Sun Jul 12 2015 08:37:32 

1. In what order do you create your suggestions (usually)?
list, and then everything else.
A. Which comes first? The list or the discussion thread?
The list
B. Do you try and compile the largest list you can research (IMDb search engine; Google; pop culture lists; etc...)? Or do you populate your lists/suggestions from memory? i always try to complete a list and make sure i didn't forget any good sugg.
C. Do you immediately create a list or suggestion as soon as you think of the question? Even if you only have one or two items that qualify for the suggestion? Then proceed to fill it in (option wise)?
i always try to complete a list as soon as possible.

2. Do you create suggestions intentionally expecting to blast past the 35 option max (expecting to try for multiple part suggestions)? Or do you create your suggestions figuring you'll only need one part? Or do you even consider this at all?
for now all my polls is one part only.

3. Do you do your own due diligence and look up if a given suggestion has...
A. Already been published?
yes and now i'm more careful because once i spent 1 hour creating a list and finally it's already a poll, and my first sugg. was already a poll.
B. Already been suggested recently? i got lucky the other day and get past a thread i was considering.
C. Or do you even consider this at all? yes, very.

4. When formulating suggestions, are you trying to move beyond the typical "Which of the following titles is your favorite" style? Or are you making an effort to make suggestions which results can't easily be predicted by the options' relative IMDb user ratings? Or do you even consider this at all?
i always try to be creative and clear in the same time. 

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

rubyfruit76 Tue Feb 9 2016 05:20:47 

1.A. Which comes first? The list or the discussion thread?
The list always comes first.

1B. Do you try and compile the largest list you can research
IMDb search engine ✔
Google ✔
Pop culture lists (everthing comes along with google) ✔
Or do you populate your lists/suggestions from memory ✔
It almost always starts out from my memory for lists and my imagination for suggestions, although that imagination is often sparked from something I see while watching a film or TV or reading an article. Once my memory starts the list, I then go to IMDb, Google, or a particular site/book/article I know of (often all of the above) to fill in the list and sometimes replace some of my original from-memory options with better options that I found while researching.

1C. Do you immediately create a list or suggestion as soon as you think of the question?
Even if you only have one or two items that qualify..?
I create a list as soon as I'm online, no matter how many items that qualify as options, but I don't suggest it as a poll until it has a substantial number of items and can either be considered to be complete or I've gone as far as I can with it myself and think I'll get a lot of good suggestions for list items from others.

2. Do you create suggestions intentionally expecting to blast past the 35 option max (expecting to try for multiple part suggestions)?
No. I only create multiple part suggestions if necessary or if it makes voting a lot easier and keeps the lists and results more organized or/and more fair, for example, a list that has so many obvious options that splitting into two different eras makes the most sense (Before 1975 and then also Between 1975-2015).

3. Do you do your own due diligence and look up if a given suggestion has...
A. Already been published? ✔
B. Already been suggested recently? ✔
C. Or do you even consider this at all? ✔
But once or twice I didn't find another suggestion or poll until after I suggested a poll and someone else on the Board told me about the other.

4. When formulating suggestions, are you trying to move beyond the typical "Which of the following titles is your favorite" style? Or are you making an effort to make suggestions which results can't easily be predicted by the options' relative IMDb user ratings?
Yes, whenever possible.

'Good questionnaire, Tsar!

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = 

ElMaruecan82 Sat Jul 16 2016 01:37:33

1. In what order do you create your suggestions (usually)?

A. Which comes first? The list or the discussion thread?

The list, no discussion thread until the list is completed and it can take days, weeks, even months, I have a list that's been waiting for more than a year, but I need one last update to complete it. But when a list is made with more than 10, 15 options, you can bet it was made many days and weeks before its submission.

B. Do you try and compile the largest list you can research (IMDb search engine; Google; pop culture lists; etc...)? Or do you populate your lists/suggestions from memory?

Memory if I know the subject or if I only have 5 or 6 options, but I have my regular sources. 90% of the polls come from the same ones.

C. Do you immediately create a list or suggestion as soon as you think of the question? Even if you only have one or two items that qualify for the suggestion? Then proceed to fill it in (option wise)?

If it's a suggestion that is likely to be made by another user, yes. Like when Stallone was nominated a second time for Rocky, I knew there would be a poll about multiple nominations for the same characters. Also, I don't suggest a poll whenever a celebrity dies, it has to be one I loved and cared for so when Muhammad Ali died, I knew which poll would make the best homage and I checked if a discussion thread was submitted for a similar poll, but the list was made before I made mine. If I know it's very unlikely that someone will have the same idea, I wait a little or start just the list, or use a draft.

2. Do you create suggestions intentionally expecting to blast past the 35 option max (expecting to try for multiple part suggestions)? Or do you create your suggestions figuring you'll only need one part? Or do you even consider this at all?
I'm not a fan of the 35-lists, I tend to never exceed 25, but sometimes, I underestimate the number of options and get overflowed by new suggestions (tall and funny etc.), the most irritating aspect is when the suggestions starts popping out AFTER the poll lol.

3. Do you do your own due diligence and look up if a given suggestion has...

A. Already been published?

Yep, and it's very easy to find out.

B. Already been suggested recently?

Also work with 'google', the easiest way is also to ask if someone suggested it before. Still, I suggested once a poll that has been suggested before, the suggester was on my ignore list, so I couldn't know... as if I needed to steal people's ideas but that's what the original author thought.

4. When formulating suggestions, are you trying to move beyond the typical "Which of the following titles is your favorite" style? Or are you making an effort to make suggestions which results can't easily be predicted by the options' relative IMDb user ratings? Or do you even consider this at all?
I hate when the results are predictable, if the 'Joker' is one of my options, I'd better have other iconic characters like Lecter or Darth Vader. Sometimes, I gave up some promising poll ideas because it featured one very popular and unbeatable option, so I try to avoid predictable results, at least, if the Top 3 is uncertain, it's good. Now I try to be original but sometimes, you need some simpler suggestions. 

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = 

albstein Sat Jul 16 2016 05:39:37 

1. In what order do you create your suggestions (usually)?

A. Which comes first? The list or the discussion thread?
The List.

B. Do you try and compile the largest list you can research (IMDb search engine; Google; pop culture lists; etc...)? Or do you populate your lists/suggestions from memory? I check external sources so as not to forget anything important.

C. Do you immediately create a list or suggestion as soon as you think of the question? Even if you only have one or two items that qualify for the suggestion? Then proceed to fill it in (option wise)?

Sometimes I start a list, it can even have no item (only a title or short description), but the suggestion should be workable already.

2. Do you create suggestions intentionally expecting to blast past the 35 option max (expecting to try for multiple part suggestions)? Or do you create your suggestions figuring you'll only need one part? Or do you even consider this at all?

I try to make polls that fall within one of those categories:
-the topic naturally provides no more than 35 options
-polls with trivial content (quotes, for example) which can have multiple parts
-external limits: IMDb ratings, awards, lists etc.

3. Do you do your own due diligence and look up if a given suggestion has...

A. Already been published? Yes.

B. Already been suggested recently? My memory is quite good on that, and there's the boardreader as well.

4. When formulating suggestions, are you trying to move beyond the typical "Which of the following titles is your favorite" style? Or are you making an effort to make suggestions which results can't easily be predicted by the options' relative IMDb user ratings? Or do you even consider this at all?

I don't make "assembly line" suggestions, not only to be more original, but also because I'd lose track of them. 

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

TheMovieSmith Sat Jul 16 2016 06:12:57 

1. Most of my suggestions are centered on a subject that I like, not what is popular. Sometimes, my suggestions are tied to a particular upcoming event or anniversary.
A. The list comes first.
B. Usually from research on the site.
C. I usually wait to have the list fully fledged out before proceeding.

2. Don't even consider this.

3. I always check that it has been published or suggested recently. I've found that google and Boardreader are very useful tools.

4. I try to move away from the favorite question but have not had any real success when suggesting funniest character, underrated trilogy, etc. 

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = 

yrnej Tue Jul 19 2016 04:40:46

1. In what order do you create your suggestions (usually)?
A. Which comes first? The list or the discussion thread? The thread comes about a minute after the list is done. Unless I had to upload photos or create characters, in which case the thread is posted as soon as the list is complete.
B. Do you try and compile the largest list you can research (IMDb search engine; Google; pop culture lists; etc...)? Or do you populate your lists/suggestions from memory? I nearly always do tons of research.
C. Do you immediately create a list or suggestion as soon as you think of the question? Even if you only have one or two items that qualify for the suggestion? Then proceed to fill it in (option wise)? Not most of the time. I have a text file and pads of paper that I keep ideas in/on and create them as I can. Sometimes I think of something I'm really excited about and I create it right then.

2. Do you create suggestions intentionally expecting to blast past the 35 option max (expecting to try for multiple part suggestions)? Or do you create your suggestions figuring you'll only need one part? Or do you even consider this at all? My feeling is that as long as it fits my criteria, it should be in the list. I rarely if ever suggest a poll with an aim of being a multi-parter.

3. Do you do your own due diligence and look up if a given suggestion has...
A. Already been published? Yes, usually.
B. Already been suggested recently? Yes, usually.
C. Or do you even consider this at all? Yes, usually.

4. When formulating suggestions, are you trying to move beyond the typical "Which of the following titles is your favorite" style? Or are you making an effort to make suggestions which results can't easily be predicted by the options' relative IMDb user ratings? Or do you even consider this at all? I do my best to make my suggestions as unique and interesting as possible. I purposely try stay away from using "favorite" as much as I possibly can.

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
Photo of Dan Dassow

Dan Dassow, Champion

  • 13450 Posts
  • 13795 Reply Likes

Posted 2 years ago

  • 1

There are no replies.

This conversation is no longer open for comments or replies.