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You can add simple polls to your wikia using a simple syntax.

Step-by-Step

  • In Edit mode for an article page, change the tab at the top of the editor from "Visual" to "Source".
  • Find the place on the page where you want to add a Poll.
  • Enter the following code, and replace it with the content of your poll:
<poll> 
Title of poll
Choice 1
Choice 2
etc.
</poll>

Example:


<poll> 
What Is Your Favourite Color?
Red
Green
Blue
Other
</poll>

Result:

What Is Your Favourite Color?
 
230
 
258
 
645
 
389
 

The poll was created at 15:28 on October 23, 2012, and so far 1522 people voted.
  • Finally, click Vote! You're done! Now anyone can vote in your poll.

How does it work?

Votes are registered under either your username or, if you're not logged in, your IP address. This means the poll does not take a reliable count of unique individuals, and it should not be used for important purposes.

Users can change their vote at any time.

The poll will display the number and percentage of votes for each choice, the total number of votes given so far, and the date and time when the poll was created.

Can the votes be reset?

It is not possible to end, i.e. to 'freeze', a poll. All polls last indefinitely.

To reset all votes, change either the title or one of the poll's choices (which will, in effect, create a new poll).

Since it's so easy to change and reset polls, past poll results can easily be lost. Reverting to the version prior to the reset may allow you to reclaim the information, but you should not rely on this functionality. If historical polls are important to you, it is safest to record the results in some other form of wiki-text, either one time or at intervals.

Customization options

It is possible to customize the design of the poll extension via CSS.

Changing the width of the poll

By default, polls are 40em wide. Admins can change a poll's width using the following CSS:

div.ajax-poll { width:auto !important; }

This will need to be added to the wikia's CSS file (see the Help:JavaScript and CSS Cheatsheet). This will make all polls on your wiki be as wide as the "box" they're in, i.e. they'll usually expand to be as wide as the article body. You can now set its width by wrapping it in a div with a set width, or a table cell, or in any other layout box. Example:

<div style="width:250px;">
<poll>
How wide is this poll?
Wide
Not so wide
</poll>
</div>

Result:

How wide is this poll?
 
66
 
390
 

The poll was created at 17:59 on July 9, 2013, and so far 456 people voted.

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