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Thu, Nov 9, 2017 6:18 AM

JFF: When making your list

Just curious, when you are making your list, how do you arrange the options? Is it just how they come to you? Alphabetical? Chronological? Different orders for different types of lists?

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3 years ago

For most of the cases:

Title List - Most popular titles among the top 5.

Image List - Nicely cropped, good looking, HD images among the top 5.

These attracts a huge amount of voters when the poll gets featured at Home Page.

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3 years ago

Different orders depending upon the nature of the poll.

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3 years ago

have to agree with dan...different orders for different types of lists...

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If you put the most popular options up on the direct top of the list, are you giving them more weight in a voter's eye? If they immediately see one that is a good option, do they just pick it and not bother to read the others?

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3 years ago

Chronological or alphabetical in most cases. But sometimes I try to keep the options I think are more popular in the middle of the list to give other options a chance to get more votes.

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In my opinion, the only way to give other options a chance to get more votes is to give the whole poll a chance to get more votes, which means HOMEPAGE.

When you have the "homepage" in mind, it doesn't matter whether you get it or not, but I think this mindset inspires the better look to a poll, you start with the most popular options, and among the most popular options, you take the 5 that would make a cool-looking line-up on the main page, or simply the poll's page where you have the first two choices.

I might make it sound like it's an opportunistic move but at the end of the day, the listing has one quality, it is relevant in both form and content. Obvious and predictable maybe but relevant.

I can't imagine a poll like Favorite Harrison Ford Movie? starting with The Mosquito Coast or Regarding Henry, just like I can't imagine Apocalypse Now or American Graffiti, iconic movies, cool posters, but hardly the first Harrison Ford movies that come to mind. I'm not even sure I would put Star Wars first, it would be probably Raiders of the Lost Ark and Blade Runner...

... followed by one of the first two Star Wars (can't miss it), Witness and The Fugitive.

You say you want to give other options a chance to get more votes, but I don't get it. Voters don't vote for the sake of voting, their vote will go to their favorite option, so if someone is a hardcore fan of Regarding Henry, don't worry for him, he'll look for the movie even if it's at the end of the list and vote for him...

... and if it's not listed, he's gonna complain on the thread, how many times did I handle someone who didn't get his 'favorite' one listed. 

So yeah, I start with the most popular and try to rank them in order of relevance regarding the poll's theme. I don't think Alphabetical or Chronological makes sense unless it had something to do with the poll and if the options are equally popular.

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When I first answered this there had been a recent post by Dan indicating how there was certain byas were first and last options in a poll received more votes. I had that in mind with the polls I was making then and when I answer.
That's no longer the case, I usually add many of the more popular choices first, but I still don't have a fixed criteria and it pretty much depends on the poll.
For my latest Nano Campeggi poll I added 5 of the most recognizable images first and the other famous option last, they are indeed the bigger vote getters, except for Limelight which has not done well.

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2 years ago

Bump.

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I added a link to this thread to:
FAQ: Key Threads - IMDb Poll FAQs Index

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[ add captions to Images lists ? ]
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/-add-captions-to-images-lists
Suggestion to IMDb
Could IMDb add captions to Images lists ? ?
 
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8 months ago

Mostly along these lines.
Chronological for titles (film or TV). Alphabetical for actors. Numerical order for top ___ lists but the number one would be the last.