Please discuss any ideas and issues about TeX Community Polls in this thread to keep it tidy.
Editing polls after they started
I suggest polls with votes should not be changed regarding the meaning. Edits not affecting the meaning are welcome, such as improving the form or giving further explanation.
Such edits make already existing comments and votes invalid and should be avoided.
Question: I've used the following packages / classes
This question spans a little to wide. Really adding any package you ever used is simply to much. It should be packages (and classes) which are used on a regular base, but not necessarily for every document.
One other thing is PSTricks and PGF/TikZ with all there additional libraries/packages. We might move them to own poll questions like "I'm using the following TikZ libraries" etc.
In writing one question I thought about whether it was OK to post yes/no questions.
Should they be allowed? If, how should they be asked?
Providing choices on own polls, and making a choice
I noticed it happens that somebody starts a poll and provides a substantial amount of choices in comments to it. I recommend to handle poll starts the same like poll votes: this can mean even if I start a poll, I don't provide several good answers (I might like) but choose the favorite, main item and start with this. For example, it's good to ask for a main LaTeX advantage and choose one, but not to ask for any and everybody clicks nearly any item.
Polls are very significant if we choose one or perhaps two, but not ten items.
I really don't think this question fits the poll format. There are questions on the main site where such matters can be validly discussed, like Techniques and packages to keep up with good practices. The polls are for questions with simple, undebatable, straightforward answers, answers that you don't need to think about; a prime example being I'm using the TeX distribution .... The best practices, however, need discussion; people might want to express their concern about a tip, add a little detail to an answer and so forth. Furthermore, this question doesn't really seem to have any statistically interesting value to me.
System Message to attract more people?
I remembered that we can display system messages like we did for the election. They should be only used sparely e.g. for important announcements. The community poll is of course much less important than the elections, but I wonder anyway if we should announce it to people in form of a system message. We don't use this feature very often and we could dust it of again for this.
On the other side we already have the Community Ad for it and the system message is a little obtrusive. Maybe we should also wait until the number of questions has been settled.
IMHO, this poll: https://tex.meta.stackexchange.com/a/3152/11002 is complicated and does not fit into the Poll scheme, it is not well stated and it is very difficult to say what type of options-comments are acceptable. That is the reason why I downvoted it.
As well, the first two comments seem to be only a "hot-head" reaction to the discussions over this answer: https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/89316/11002
Last two cents: I do not see other reason for that one but to make people with the ability to type with 10 fingers to feel like someone good if they can hit the triangle next to these options.
Regarding introductory LaTeX reading
Tiny detail @MartinScharrer: The name of the document is The Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX2e, not A ( Not So ) Short Introduction to LaTeX2e. It's a minute detail and I don't know if there's a way for you to edit this comment, I just thought I'd let you know. Never mind if it's too late.