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Release status: stable
Implementation Special page
Description Advanced polling system that uses special pages and allows embedding polls to wiki pages
Author(s) Aaron Wright, David Pean, Jack Phoenix
Latest version 3.6.0 (2020-01-02)
MediaWiki 1.36+
Database changes Yes
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later
Example Development/Testing wiki on Wikimedia Labs
  • $wgCreatePollThresholds
  • $wgPollDisplay
  • pollny-vote
  • polladmin
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The PollNY extension defines a new namespace for polls (NS_POLL, the namespace number is 300 by default) and 6 new special pages for poll creation/administration.

Polls can be embedded on normal wiki pages with the ‎<pollembed> tag. Syntax is: <pollembed title="Name of the poll" />

Special:AdminPoll can be used by users with 'polladmin' rights to view all polls and administer them, Special:CreatePoll is used to create new polls, Special:RandomPoll takes you to a randomly chosen poll, Special:UpdatePoll is like action=edit for polls and Special:ViewPoll can be used by all users to view available polls.

These new special pages (with the exception of Special:UpdatePoll) will show up on Special:SpecialPages in the "Polls" section.



  • Download and place the file(s) in a directory called PollNY in your extensions/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php:
    wfLoadExtension( 'PollNY' );
  • Run the update script which will automatically create the necessary database tables that this extension needs.
  • Yes Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.

User rights[edit]

This extension adds one new user right, polladmin, which allows accessing Special:AdminPoll to administer polls created through Special:CreatePoll. By default sysops have this user right.

User points[edit]

  • $wgUserStatsPointValues['poll_vote'] — set this to something to give out points for answering existing polls.


  • $wgPollDisplay['comments'] — whether to display comments on poll pages or not. Defaults to false. Requires Comments extension.
  • $wgCreatePollThresholds — for example 'edits' => 5 if you want to require users to have at least 5 edits before they can create new polls. Defaults to an empty array (no restrictions).