I know what you’re thinking, “I know how to use polls, why the heck is he posting this. If they’re in the dev forums, they’d know how to use a poll.”, and for some of you, you’re totally right; however, I’m hoping to at least bring some light to what further advantage polls can bring in many different situations. I’ve bulleted what I thought were some key aspects of poll running below.
What Should I Post About?
Although you can make a poll for anything, there are many situations where the decision really shouldn’t be up to the community. In making polls, you should try to avoid asking for music type, when to release updates, what order to release updates, and pricing for different game passes or products. The reason for this is because the community can be extremely unreliable when it comes to these topics.
For music, you always want to choose what is best for the theme of your game, and preferably copyright free. You also want to take into account the question of if you will have a music or radio game pass or some variation of these game passes in your game. This is why the decision is better left up to you
For both when you release updates and what order you release updates, the community will always most likely pick the earliest date and the update most hyped for. This can be negative to your game because of rushing and also pushing forward big updates and leaving smaller, less exciting updates for later dates. You always want to space out the excitement of your game. Think about it this way, having a huge firework light off will keep people around for awhile, but having many smaller fireworks light off throughout the week will keep people there longer.
The community will always pick the cheapest game pass so that they can get the biggest bang for their buck. You should aim to price your game pass with a balance between quality, price, and demand, and find a median in there to aim for. If so many people are buying it but the price is super low, try upping the price. A great alternative to asking the community on these things is simply talking to friends or asking the dev forums what seems reasonable.
Although to some of you, this may be common sense, these topics should be avoided. A major tip for when thinking about what to post about should be “Will the majority of people pick one of these right away?” and “Do I really need different people’s opinions on this?” If the answer to the first is “Yes” and the second is “No”, try not to post it and get other people’s opinions alternatively.
Where Should I Run My Polls?
As mentioned somewhat previously in the last topic, you should try to pick the community best fitting for an opinion. If it is a developer related question to pricing, advertising, release date, etc, you may want to post your poll here on the developer forums to here about other people’s successes and failures (that you can learn from, of course). If it is something design related, maybe a different color or font, you may want to ask the community. You may also want to ask the community what they are hyped for or what they would like to see in the game in the future to plan out other updates.
How Should I Take My Results Into Account?
Some people may be tempted to simply pick the winner of the poll to make a decision. Although this is not always a bad choice, it can be a huge mistake under certain circumstances. In general, if a large amount of people voted for something alternatively in the poll, do NOT take the easy way out and pick the winner. If you pick the winner, you may be leaving the majority happy but the LARGE minority upset. If it is a close race and a large amount of people picked the alternative, try to compromise the decision by making a choice that both parties would agree with if possible. It may make the world of a difference in your game.
Although I could go on and on about polls and how to interpret them in the right way, the most common rule and best rule for poll running is think before you run. If you take the time to think out what the results might be, and the negative or positive side effects of getting these results, it will help you make the right decision.
Good luck with your future games, and please feel free to leave other tips relating to the topic below.
Thanks for reading, and I hope this helps!