Well the reason why polls are not liked on here is because people like the chat, the banter in the thread. I think if we had a poll at the top where you could vote but still HAVE the thread etc it would be good
There does get to be a kind of dominant group-think thing that happens in threads, where if you have a minority viewpoint you don't pipe up about it because you don't want to feel attacked or alone in your views. So the thread leaves a rather biased impression of what "most people" think about a subject.
That would be the only nice thing about a poll, I could voice my (minority) opinion without feeling like I have to defend it (I don't like to debate). I wonder how many lurkers feel the same.