What justifies the closure or deletion of a poll?

Polls can be closed for the following reasons:

  • The poll was successful! The top product gets added to the site, the poll gets linked to the page, and an email is sent out to everyone who voted. The poll’s voting section is closed, but the poll remains visible and discussion can continue.

  • The top product isn’t a possibility, but #2 and #3 are. The poll will again be linked to the active drop and an email sent out to those who voted. The poll will close down for voting, but the discussion will remain. However, even if we couldn’t get the top product this time around, that doesn’t mean we’ll stop trying. We’ll record the #1 winner of the poll and periodically check in with the vendor about running a drop. If it becomes possible, the people who voted will receive an email. If the same item continually shows up, we’ll create a Product poll for it, so that interest in the item can be measured on a running basis.

  • The poll is impossible. Sometimes a poll gets created with a list of great items, but none of them are attainable at the time. Some of the most commonly voted-on items that we can’t run include Apple products, video game consoles, and PC components. Someday it might be possible for us to offer these on Massdrop, but for now these polls will be closed.


  • The poll is inappropriate. Some polls are created for laughs; others to offend. Because these polls won’t be a source of new products, they’re not appropriate for the site and will be deleted.


Stagnation. Sometimes a poll is filled with great products and some of them are even feasible, but for one reason or another, the poll just stops getting voted on. Often, it’ll stall out and then get buried. Hopefully, our new system will help prevent this, but it’s still bound to happen from time to time. To help maintain a fresh cycle of polls, we’ll begin clearing out polls that haven’t received at least 50 votes in the past 30 days. These polls will be closed down, but the discussion left open. If this happens, you’re always encouraged to try again.