Saturday, August 04, 2007

Problem with Poll (New Blogger, just out of beta)

Most bloggers will already now that there is a new Page Element which just come out of beta (Blogger in Draft). A lot of bloggers seem to have problem with it, some reporting getting messages like ""Oops... Polls are currently not available, please come back later." Some got worst problems. They can't edit it or delete it.

I personally testing adding a Poll, and it worked fine. I am using FireFox (it is always good to give as much information, example, browser your are using, as you can when you have a problem and is asking for help).

I have one reader who complained he can not edit or delete Poll Widget and got the error message


when he tried. I have ignored error message and tried other ways to solve the problem before and have succeeded. If you have tried those suggestions in the post linked above, and still can't solve the problem, go to LAYOUT, click TEMPLATE tab, then the EDIT HTML sub-tab to open the template editor. Then look for the widget below:

<b:widget id='Poll1' locked='false' title='Are you having problem with Poll?' type='Poll'/>

You may have a different title="" depending on the question you are asking, plus if you have more than one poll, you may see id='Poll2' instead. Delete this or these widgets and you should be OK. In the meantime, you just have to wait for Blogger to solve the problem. They are aware that there is a problem with some bloggers, although I am the lucky few who didn't encounter any problem.

Udate 9 August 2007: This update should have come earlier, but was reminded by a reader that my poll is not working but hers is working fine. I don't know if I will have a problem deleting it from the LAYOUT as some reported and have to resort to going into the actual template, but I think I will just leave it as it is as Blogger said they are working on the problem. Just hope it don't take long as I really want to know how many of my visitors are irritated by me making links to external sites open in new window/tab. I myself is not troubled as I prefer to have the original site intact and just close new window/tab if I don't want it anymore.

You can get more information from Polls, a new Page Element (widget) for New Blogger


  1. Oddly enough, your poll is not visible to me, for the past couple of days. I'm seeing the "Oops..." message. The poll on my blog is working fine, at least on every machine I use to view it. I'm using various versions of Firefox.

  2. Thank you for the tip on deleting the problematic poll, Peter! Your blog is just wonderful. I'm not sure if this is the correct post to reply to, but there is something odd about my Profile on my blog. My display name is very small and the link isn't positioned on the bottom. Thanks for your help again.

  3. Hi LightD,

    I visited your blog and don't see much problem with your profile except you didn't enter any description. Enter some description (in the Dashboard, click EDIT PROFILE at the top right corner) and see if you will be happier with what you see in the "About Me".

    If you are troubled by the small font, go into the template editor and look for this:

    .profile-datablock, .profile-link {
    font-size: 10px;
    font-weight: normal;
    margin: 10px;
    line-height: 150%;
    text-align: left;

    Try changing
    font-size: 10px; to
    font-size: 20px;
    or something like that. Not sure if it will work, but preview your blog before saving the edited template. Or even better, in addition to the above, backup your current template PLUS Page Elements before you start tempering with it. Refer to

    Backup and editing New Blogger template

    Backup and changing New Blogger template.

    Peter (Blog*Star)
    How you can help Blogger Tips and Tricks
    (no one should feel obligated. Everthing completely voluntary)


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