Star Members now have the ability to create polls. To create a poll, look below the "Message text" box when posting a new thread and click the "Create poll" button. (If the button is not there, then polls cannot be created in that particular forum or group.)
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN DU2 POLLS AND DU3 POLLS
DU3 polls now come with the option to set a time limit (24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours, 1 week, 2 weeks, 1 month) after which the poll will expire and people will no longer be able to vote. There is also an "Unlimited" option.
DU2 poll votes were private. DU3 poll votes are public. Logged-in members can click the "Show usernames" link to see who voted for which option.
DU2 polls would not allow you to change your vote once it had been cast. DU3 polls allow you to undo your vote and make a different choice if you change your mind (or if you accidentally clicked the wrong button).
While any logged-in member can vote in a DU3 poll, only Star Members can create DU3 polls. This has not changed from DU2 where only donors could create polls.
Polls in groups: by default polls can be created in all groups. However, if an individual group decides that they do not wish to allow polls, they can petition Admin and we'll consider disabling polls in that group.
Polls in forums: polls may be posted in General Discussion, Politics 2012, and The Lounge. Polls cannot be created in Latest Breaking News, Video & Multimedia, or Good Reads, since polls would generally contradict the Statements Of Purpose for those forums. In addition polls cannot be created in Help & Meta-discussion, because that forum doesn't need any new tools for creating drama.
All DU3 polls automatically include an option to "Pass" which allows members to indicate that they don't want to choose any of the available options.