I'll look into this, but you should have the option of creating polls right from the get go. What Peter was describing is a Moderator tool. When you create a thread, under the text box you see the typical "submit reply", and "Preview Post" buttons. if you scroll down more, you should see another section labeled "additional options" In that section you would select the option for a poll. You do not create the thread, then go back and create the poll. It is a two step process, but it is done as one step. These options would only be available on the initial post of a new thread, so you would not see them available in this thread. Hope this helps.