Starting a poll thread is a common activity. Folks make polls about all kinds of things. But sometimes polls are established during a flame war (usually near the end of hostilities). There are two ways that this tactic is normaly used in a flame war:
1. To establish a victory. A warrior who has been pummeling some sorry sap may start a poll, based on the flame war topic, in order to get a consensus from the board as to the superiority of his/her position.
2. To find support. A warrior who is losing a battle may start a poll to draw other, more able combatants to his/her aid.
Polling for victory or aid is not a strong tactic. Although a victory poll is less likely to backfire (particularly if the poller is a strong and respected warrior on the forum), the support poll is rarely effective, and often is the last whimper on the road to defeat.
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