UserEcho proposes to add "polls" to topics, for instance to allow the visitors to answer Yes / No / Maybe.
Currently, when the admin creates this poll he can keep (or hide) simultaneously the vote counter. But there seems to be no link between "answering to the poll" and the "vote count", that does not make things very clear:
- the visitor can click on the vote button (and increase the counter) without answering to any questions of the poll.
- on the other hand many users can perfectly answer the poll, and never click on the vote counter, that will remain to zero and not "popular".
If the vote counter is supposed to remain visible as it is possible currently, my suggestion would be to "link" it to the poll (and therefore count its real popularity):
1. If a poll is associated to the topic, then the vote counter is forced into a positive-only display for the vote counter (whatever the forum allows).
2. If the visitor answers to one option of the poll, he is counted as a voter. If he removes all his poll answers, he is no longer a voter.
3. Concerning the "click" on the vote counter. It could no longer have an effect to vote (because the user has to choose one option in the poll), but it could maybe remain possible to remove your vote as in any topic, in other words to remove all your poll-options.
I don't know if it is technically reasonable, but I am convinced it would make things clear concerning polls & votes.