The recent discovery that LinkedIn had removed poll data collected on its group pages came as a surprise (see http://trial-technology.blogspot.com/2014/02/is-linkedin-data-at-risk.html). A bit of digging found the following explanation --
At LinkedIn, we strive to provide a simple and efficient experience for members like you. So we continually evaluate how our current products and features are being used. This sometimes means we remove a feature so we can focus our resources on building the best products.
The LinkedIn Polls app was retired on June 30, 2013.
We're continuing to support polls in Groups.
As always, you can continue to engage with fellow members by sharing an update or participating in conversations directly on the LinkedIn homepage.
Well, at least this next bit of related news comes with ample notice (assuming one month is “ample”). I first saw this on April 15 –
This announcement is prominently displayed on all group posts, stating that on May 15, 2014, you’ll no longer be able to create or access polls on LinkedIn. Following the “Learn More” link brings us to the following information, with the note that it was “Last Reviewed: 04/14/2014,” suggesting that is the date it was posted --
At LinkedIn, we aim to provide a simple and efficient experience for our members. To do this, we're continuously evaluating how our current products and features are used, and seeking new ways to focus our resources on building the best products. This sometimes results in the retirement of certain features.
LinkedIn Polls in Groups will be retired on May 15, 2014.
You can continue to engage with fellow members by posting a question to get the group's response or sharing an update or participating in conversations directly on the LinkedIn homepage.
As a group moderator/owner, I wasn’t too thrilled when all of a sudden our monthly poll results from the past two years went missing – especially without warning. Hey, it wasn’t critical data by any means, but we had collected some valuable insights regarding law firms and their use of technology. I guess our monthly poll will come to end now, but at least we still have a little time to enjoy it.
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