Move polls up in title and people pages

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Hello.

Here is a small suggestion to give more visibility to polls at the IMDb.

Currently, if you visit a title or people page, you get several features in the sidebar. One of them are the polls related to that title or person.

The problem here is that the polls appear at the bottom of that bar, making it the least visible feature and thus the least likely to benefit from extra traffic.

Looking at other elements in the sidebar they include trailers, related news, external links that are likely paid advertising, editorial lists and user lists.

My proposal is for user lists to change places with user polls. To be honest, most of the lists are personal for the user that created them and have little or no interest to the rest of the users. Others are old or unfinished or even lists created to become polls. The ones that may actually have interest to the rest of the users are very few and hard to spot, in case that they happen to be featured in a page.

On the other hand, polls are a section of IMDB, meant to encourage users participation, they may be of interest to anyone and they are works that have been curated by the IMDb poll community giving them a quality that mosts lists will never have.

Moving the User Polls to the place in the sidebar currently held by User Lists will give extra exposure to the work we make at the IMDb poll board and will provide IMDb users with a more valuable feature they can explore
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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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100% for it!!
Makes sense.
Poll numbers most surely would rise.
Also since the space is already allocated, why not increase the number of related from 5 to the maximum number that will fit within.
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That would also help. Many titles have a lot of polls not showing.
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To poll or not to poll is an additional feature to the lists. It is logically placed after the root, and includes only a little part of those who is registered on GS. Moreover, after changing places, the users lists will be more separated from the editors lists. 

Yes, "most of the lists are personal and have little or no interest to the rest of the users", but I hope that IMDb is going to improve on this. At least, the first step (long-awaited) is done -- the lists do not anymore switch to public automatically. I expect the next steps (e.g. recommend the users to switch off the lists that have been public before the 1st step, or switch them all off and then suggest the users to enable only some of them). 

To be more specific on the place sharing between lists and polls, the lists evolved into polls should not be allowed on the ttitle and name pages. This way, the little place will not be wasted for possible duplicates.
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I've often wondered that myself, I don't mind "polls" being at the bottom (got used to that actually) but there's no rationale behind the position of "personal lists" above the polls, it would not only be fair for polls to be above them, but logical too. I totally agree with you.
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There is more "no rationale" to grant even more privileges to the already privileged set of lists (polls), that is intended for public but in fact is privatised by a little group of people.
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They are not privatised and are open to anyone who wants to take part. Actually, the rules for choosing polls gives priority to new authors.
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I agree that actually rules for choosing polls gives priority to new authors to have their first poll. This is the first thing explained for newbies, and the only one having real effect (sometimes not deserved).
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Excellent idea Pencho. This way we can attract a lot more users towards IMDb polls and our polls will get a relatively handsome amount of votes.

I think IMDb should place the poll section at the place of "User List" section.