long long time ago we had allowed user created polls. but that ended up having 90% of the threads out there to have a poll. it's like when giving the masses that option, everyone turns into a pollster. even the threads we have now are oriented in that direction (which ship would you own, which force power, what are you buildling now, etc). so we restricted it to staff only. sometimes when we come across a thread that we feel warrants a poll, we'll go ahead and edit the thread and create one.