The word poll has two meanings.
Technical Glossary: Polling
Polling is bad. Bad software design, bad network design, bad user interface design (why make people wait? why introduce latency?) etc...
Here's an example of badness:
It's taken from Mozilla's Thunderbird E-Mail client. This is how things shouldn't be (See psycmail for a solution to this specific problem).
- Update 2009: "A tip for the battery life: set your email accounts so that the update less frequently. I have multiple accounts set up on my phone and I still had one to update every 15 minutes. I changed them all to update every 2 hours and got significant improvement." Kol Panic thinks that's why mobile phones need PSYC.
There are some situations where polling is not so bad.. but that's usually when you have no chance to fix the other side of the application, so you start accepting that it isn't that bad.
Application: Conducting a Poll
I didn't really look out a lot but I was pointed to http://www.doodle.de a few times to get scheduling and polls done.