Home Page Poll Observation

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Not really a question, but observations.
Your first line question must be really short. Around 62 characters.
Also notice that the IMDb editors are capitalizing the questions as in a header. Capital letters take more space than lower case. 
So 62 characters may be the limit and might be too many.
Dan if you could weigh in on my hypothesis.

Your first three posters should jump out color wise against the black background.
I have noticed that the choices by the editorial staff in the editors picks are following that color template. Brighter is better.



The Editors are rewriting the polls questions and rearranging the posters.
This is time consuming for them.
If you do the work and have your poll Home Page ready, I would think that you would get preference.

Hope this helps all of you.

Anything I missed?

Good luck to all.

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Thanks for the advice. I currently avoid the homepage as if it was coronavirus, so I would have never realized this new preferences to have it featured.
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After the new home page design launched and poll section gone from the page, I really don't care about polls getting featured on home page under "Editor's Choice".
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Polls are indeed less visible, but it still can help to get votes.
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Indeed,
All these polls are based around my "Most Anticipated Blu-ray/DVD", but one of them is on the homepage.




But I noticed like many a drop in the votes, polls seem to lose on popularity recently.
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It's not loosing popularity, but it loose visibility and simply is harder to find them.
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Another observation that is holding some statistical validity.
It seems that European IMDb users are voting in the polls more than their US counterpart users.
Poll totals are 50% less on average for the USA, North, Central and South America. I have been looking at the totals at the 12 hours of Day/Night for Europe vs. the 12 hours on the other side of the planet. And they seem to be in the same pattern with minor variances. 100 votes for every 50.

Clearly not a good thing.
It seems that the majority of the complaints also come from the USA, North, Central and South American areas about the new home page too. I hope were not being boycotted!!!
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Here's my observation...

My first poll was 11 years ago and I remember one day was enough to get 11.000 or 12.000 votes (except for weekends). Still, it wasn't even about the votes, but about the polls, the ideas, the fun. IMDb changed the design in 2010 and the poll stats went down to something around 8.000 or 9.000 a week (still a dream from our perspective), there were a few concerns about the votes dropping but we were all in the same boat anyway. Some got more picked than others but no one ever collected the stats.

The big change was when polls were featured at the bottom for more than one day, which meant it took almost 5-6 days to get to 10.000 or 11.000 votes, meanwhile, "regular" polls couldn't get more than 200.  Ironically, this is when badges and votes stats started to spread and when we realized we could "collect" the number of polls as well as the number of votes. It wasn't just about the polls but about the votes.

And that's perfectly understandable on an economical point of view: rarity provides value. See, if we could all get the same number of polls, that was fine... like in the old days. But the home-page polls gave you more votes than anyone,  it gave you more and longer visibility, which is something we care about: having our work reaching the most users and our name being associated to something that was considered worthy of the homepage by IMDb editors. So just when the home-page stopped to be taken for granted, polls became something of a more competitive nature with the homepage being a sort of Graal to conquer on a weekly basis.

But now, even the homepage stopped to be a privilege and can't provide enough visibility to a poll, it really takes an effort to find a poll, which kind of defeats the purpose of the poll being a fun and trivial addition to a homepage, not something the visitor (or customer) will look for. So, if all that matters is having a poll picked then get busy making polls. If it's about having polls with a quantitative weight and the satisfaction on having your poll on the front page, then it's  more complicated .

To sum it up, we've gone from a [poll>vote - HP for everyone - good traffic] system to a [vote>poll - HP for a happy few - average traffic]  and finally a [vote>poll - HP for a happy few - low traffic] system. No wonder, many regulars are discouraged.





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So in the good old days when there was an abundance of votes, all that mattered was the ideas and the fun — but now that there are fewer votes, are we doomed to focus on the number of votes?


That was exactly the point, as long as one cares about the votes, it's doomed. I think this HP thing is a blessing in disguise as far as I'm concerned, I don't care about the HP anymore and this is why I launched my "movies based on stupid puns" idea... let's just have fun with polls for as long as they exist... 

That said, votes are still part of the equation, when you get a good idea, you want it to reach the maximum of voters... and with the HP, it's still possible.
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ELMo, that was probably the most real, honest and full of truth comment I have ever read in this site.
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Yes it is Paok
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Thanks guys:)
It was a genuine statement indeed... from the heart.
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:):)
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Ed,

I prefer not to speculate on any additional guidance for increasing ones odds for ones polls appearing on the IMDb Home Page. What I write regarding polls tends to be interpreted as gospel, so I have to be careful what I write.
  1. Polls based on Title lists are preferred.
  2. Polls with bright clear images with an aspect ratio of 1x2 are preferred.
  3. Short evocative titles are preferred. IMDb editors cannot change titles of polls.
  4. Short clear questions are preferred, especially when the editors can use those questions directly.
  5. It is still a good idea to have a meaningful introduction that explains the scope of the poll.
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Thanks
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Dan, they are using different poll titles on the home page than in the original polls, as you can see from your own recent screen grabs. And there is only one title, not a title and a question.
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Sorry for not taking your words as gospel ;)