There are a few things to keep in mind when starting a poll.
- Make sure the question of the poll is the same as the title of the thread. Sometimes there are inconsistencies, which can confuse respondents. If your thread is called "Is Mary Jane Watson a great character?" and the poll question is "Is Mary Jane Watson a horrible character?" you're going to have some people accidentally giving a different response than they intended. "How vital is Mary Jane to the Spider-Man mythology?" is a different question from "Is Mary Jane an important part of the Spider-Man mythology?" The former is a question of degrees (suggesting multiple poll options) while the latter is a more simple "yes/no" answer.
- If you have a question in which there are many possible options (Who is your favorite Spider-man writer? Which of Spider-Man's enemies is the most dangerous? Which performance in the Spider-Man movies did you like the best?) it's probably best to include an "Other (Please Specify)" option, just in case you left something out, or someone has an unconventional choice.
- Sometimes a simple yes or no question works the best, as it prevents posters from coming up with a weasel answer. Just make sure it's a situation in which there isn't a third choice.
- Make sure that your options cover all the possible choices. For example, if your two possible answers to "Is Roger Stern your favorite Spider-Man writer?" are "Yes" and "No, he sucks" you're leaving out anyone who has an opinion somewhere in the middle, such as Roger Stern being my second favorite Spider-Man writer, or thinking that Roger Stern is just okay.