Policy Review: Polling Process This post struck me by user foibles: foibles later employed the “I was kidding” defense or some such. The fact such things as username even influence a competitive project is ridiculous, no matter now n00b or pro the person is. Which leads me to a serious proposal: Blind polling. Blind polling would be conducted for any poll that requires submission from users. It would work by having people submit their submissions to the TL and then updating them via PM of any changes they would like. Once the submissions are in, they get named based on the order they were received e.g. Name 1, Movepool 1, etc. They will be posted in the second post of a topic and updated just like the Allowed/Controversial/Unallowed moves are in the movepool topics. Ideally, there would be a deadline for submissions, and then updates a few days later. PMs would be formatted in such a way: CAP X Part y: Movepool Submission Updates would be: CAP X Part y: Movepool Submission (Update) After the poll is complete, the submitter of the winning option would be announced. Pros: - People vote for the best option rather than on their personal opinion of the submitter. - Allows newer, lesser known users an equal playing field with more experienced users. - Retains “bragging rights” while diminishing bandwagoning based on popularity. Cons: - Requires more time and availability of the TL - Is more difficult to moderate on polls like Art, where feedback is appreciated and the designer could accidentally out themselves. - Might cause idiotic rumors to surface like "this is clearly the work of Cartoons!, go Cartoons!" I’m open as to which polls we should apply this to. Complete Movepool and Base Stats Submissions are the ones I feel require this change the most, since they are the most important competitively, and tend to be attached to a username directly. Art is so fluid and dynamic that I’m not sure it would be practical, but an opinion would be helpful all the same.