Poll Envy

James Nicoll has a gift for devising poll questions to drive participation in his blog More Words, Deeper Hole.

When they’re as high-concept as this I want to kick myself for not thinking of the idea first. He got 142 voters to answer – Which is correct – F&SF or SF&F?

(Interestingly, the most votes went to a third option — “I would like to complain about this poll.”)

Nicoll is also adept at turning a poll into an extended joke. Consider his multiple-choice answers for How many SMOFs does it take to screw in a lightbulb? And that generated hundreds of responses.

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