There are no problems with the poll feature. It is working exactly as coded.
Bit of a software developer's joke, that.
The poll feature does what it does. In theory it works fine. If you enter the foils correctly and people vote correctly then it correctly collects, tabulates and displays the result.
The problem is that the interface is confusing and it doesn't let you correct any mistakes you make along the way. As far as I know there is no way through the interface to fix screwed-up polls without deleting the whole post and starting over. I know I don't know how to do it. I'm not sure Peter the Admin can do it using the interface. (He might be able to dig into the underlying database.)
In part, the immutability of poll choices is a feature, not a bug. If you let people change the meaning of the choices after anyone has voted then they have the opportunity to misrepresent the result. If you have a poll that allows people to identify as, say, "Presbyterian" but then change that choice to read "Pedophile" you
open the door for considerable mischief. Adding or deleting poll foils carries similar risks of misrepresentation, deliberate or accidental.
And then there is the Monty Python "Spanish Inquisition"
problem. No matter how carefully you draft a list of poll choices, the second you
open the poll for responses you will immediately think of one more thing that should have been on your list and often as not you realize that the results will be meaningless without that extra item.
Between balky, confusing software that doesn't let you fix mistakes and the Spanish Inquisition Skit problem, polls on the forum almost always degenerate into chaos. They make for interesting threads sometimes. People will often be quite forthcoming with their opinions in the comments when first presented with a poll that doesn't allow them to express those opinions, but the actual data collected by the polls is generally rubbish.
63 Slow PSA rise 2007-2012: 1.4=>8
4 bxs 2010-2012: 1&2 neg, 3 pos 1/14 6(3+3) 3-4% (2nd
opn. 7(3+4)), 4 neg
DaVinci 6/14/12. "some" nerve sparing on left
Path: pT3a pN0 R1 GS9(4+5)
Pos margins on rt
24 mo ADT3 7/12 - 7/14
Adj IMRT 66.6 Gy 10/17/12-12/13/12
8/2012-3/2015: Incont., Trimix, VED, PSA<0.015.
AUS & IPP installed 3/5/2015Forum Moderator - Not a medical professional