I recently came across this (admittedly, pretty old) question on Mathematics Meta: Do we want community polls? In summary1, it is proposed to have a meta post to find out information about the site's users. Such polls have been conducted on sites such as TeX, Mathematica and Academia2.

Would such a poll be in the interest of this site's community? Possible questions could address the community (nations, background (students, physics proffessionals etc.)), usage of this site or interests in physics. Though these are just suggestions (which are similar to those on the Math.SE post) and I would encourage everyone to add their own, should we decide to actually do this poll.

On the linked sites, the poll was a meta question/community wiki where the answers actually were the questions (the question body was used to lay out rules and some information). One would then comment an answer to the respective "question" (answer) or upvote an existing comment (instead of posting the same comment again).

1 I encourage you to read the linked Math.SE question since most of the suggestions there would also apply to Physics SE (I think).

2 However, I could not find any such poll on Mathematics, which suggests that it wasn't conducted, even though the response was mostly positive.

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    $\begingroup$ A poll about what in particular? Or just the general concept? $\endgroup$
    – Jon Custer
    Commented Mar 25, 2021 at 19:30
  • $\begingroup$ Suggestion to the post (v1): update the text to describe the structure of the "polls" on the three sites you list. Right now we have to click through to learn (if I'm learning this correctly) that there is one "question" on each Meta whose title is "polls go here," whose "answers" are subquestions like "what is your favorite IDE?" or "are you currently employed as an academic?", and whose "comments" are answers to the subquestions that can only be voted up and aren't sorted. $\endgroup$
    – rob Mod
    Commented Mar 25, 2021 at 19:41
  • $\begingroup$ Second suggestion (v1): Please clarify whether the math.SE folks actually did this. We've had some stand-alone questions like this in the past (for example). $\endgroup$
    – rob Mod
    Commented Mar 25, 2021 at 19:43
  • $\begingroup$ @rob Thanks for the suggestions; I edited my question accordingly. $\endgroup$
    – jng224
    Commented Mar 25, 2021 at 20:00
  • $\begingroup$ @JonCuster I added some suggestions to my question. $\endgroup$
    – jng224
    Commented Mar 25, 2021 at 20:00


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