FAQ: Poll Close Requests

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This thread is to keep track of polls that need to beclosed.
Valid Reasons To Request a Poll Closure:
* The poll incorporates a specific time frame which has passed or no longermakes sense. This is the most common reason.
* The body of choices is unreasonable given current options so the poll iswoefully incomplete.
In this case, it may be better to opt for adding additional choices to theoriginal poll.
* There is a serious structural error in the poll. In this case we may opt todelete the poll instead of closing it.

To request a poll to be closed please post as follows.

Title: Who do you think will win the Cannes Film Festival 2014?
Poll: http://www.imdb.com/poll/Kilt_o_qoig/
Reason: Date has passed

Note: if it's super obvious why you are requesting the poll to be closed,the reason is optional.

Important! You do not need to be the original author of the poll torequest it to be closed.

Close requests are reviewed rather infrequently, unfortunately, on the order ofonce per week.

A closed poll is still accessible directly (but not indexed as comprehensivelyas open polls), and gets an additional message indicating the closure. Here'san example:

Who do you think will win the Cannes Film Festival 2014? http://www.imdb.com/poll/Kilt_o_qoig/

While the message directs users to other polls, it often makes sense to put aspecific new call to action in the description directing people to a"successor" poll. Note that these changes must be made by theoriginal author, so there may be multiple people involved.

e.g. this poll by pbn on Oscars predictions was built while the field was wideopen. When his poll closed, he added a new link to the "official"nominees:

http://www.imdb.com/poll/Tq187Fmg5Pw/

To make a change to a live poll, you need to do a "re-push" requestas described on this thread.

Linkpending

None of this is all that complicated, but it can be a little intimidating thefirst time. Don't hesitate for ask for help, us poll board fans are veryfriendly.

-hb

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The IMDb staff closed all polls nominated in this list. 

If you wish to dispute the closure of one or more of yourpolls, please post in this thread.

You may again nominate polls to close.

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Dan, is this actually happening now?
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Jen, I moved this FAQ over to Get Satisfaction because the IMDb Poll message board is slated to disappear. There has been little progress towards closing polls. Sigh.

I am closing this thread until the IMDb editors are ready to take additional requests to close polls.
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The IMDb staff closed all polls nominated in this list.

If you wish to dispute the closure of one or more of your polls, please post in this thread.

You may again nominate polls to close.



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Jen,

Yes, the polls will be closed, not deleted. Much as this poll of yours was recently closed:
Greatest SNL cast member ever (1975-1979)

I will pass on your request to IMDb staff.
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