... and you're encouraged do join in, cowardly or not.
Have a question you'd like to see answered in 8-or-fewer options? Use the "submit" button, and suggest it as a poll! (Provide some sample answers, or don't, but you might have some parameters in mind, so you should consider including your favored range of answers.)
One day, you'll see a better interface for submitting polls, but for now, you're encouraged to muddle through it, and perhaps think of it as a quaint experience.
You had mail, but the super-user read it, and deleted it!