Beginning today, TNS's experiment with reader polling comes to an end. Out with a whimper, not least the result of the mostly negative comments we got to our recent query on the matter in the blogs. Some combination of factors conspired to make our polls very unpopular, including, I suspect, a couple of things no one thought of.
Aside from reasons listed by readers last week about the polls not being well done (or, moreover, that polls are inherently poorly presented), I think there might have been some technical factors, including the miniscule typeface (we had no control over that) and the fact that readers could view the results before answering -- most online polls don't work that way. We got our hands on some particularly poor free software and thought we'd give it a try, but we know when we've been licked.
Anyway, at least for now, we're going to deep-six the polls. They may come back with some other interactive features in the future, but not until we can do them right.
I do think that if our readership simply considered the polls to have been a novelty or a nuisance that was beneath TNS, that says good things about our readership (though not such good things about me, since along with at least a handful of people, I really liked them).
Now we continue our search for novelties that are not below you, so please provide feedback.