Ok yeah, let's talk about polls and the forums. This is a decision that might even predate me as CM but I know the philosophy was shared over the years. Polling is something that is, generally speaking, a great engagement feature. However, part of the challenge is that players will often look at polls on the forums and their results as "supporting data" for things as opposed to a means of conversation.
The forums are an excellent source of feedback and discussion but it is worth understanding that the forums represent a very small fraction of the playerbase. And even then, forum-goers tend to only fall within the most engaged of our player types. That is a bunch of words to say, the forum community is excellent but it is not always an accurate representation of the full breadth of our playerbase.
Now, it is for that very reason that the forums are valuable, to get that feedback from our most engaged players. But is also means that polling is not going to always be accurate outside of that understanding. Which is fine for us, but can make it challenging to have meaningful conversations coming from polls if players take those very limited numbers as fact.
That is why we have leaned towards keeping polls disabled in the past, but I will let Jackie speak to any plans for the new forums.
For the reasons listed above, we will not have the functionality available for players when the new forums launch, however, I can foresee opportunities where we would potentially grant the functionality to super active players who drive community events. As time goes on, I'll be on the look out for these opportunities and also be reading player feedback on how they would like to use the feature should it become available to them.