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Why can I vote several times on Polls ?

by wazoox (Prior)
on Feb 28, 2006 at 10:25 UTC ( #533305=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

I thought the polls to record your vote as a monk profile, and obviously it isn't; I can vote once for every browser profile I use (1 for each of the 4 machines I work with routinely).
Does it allow anonymous voting ? That would explain why it's cookie based and not profile based...
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Re: Why can I vote several times on Polls ?
by grinder (Bishop) on Feb 28, 2006 at 11:28 UTC

    Because you can!

    Vote early, vote often!

    Honestly, it's because no-one takes these things all that seriously, and it would take far too much effort to get it right (for some definition of right) for anyone to spend the time to do so. And even then there would always be ways to sneak past and vote more than once. Life is too short to worry about things like that.

    What I really miss the most is the ability to vote on non-existant choices. That was much more fun.

    • another intruder with the mooring in the heart of the Perl

      What I really miss the most is the ability to vote on non-existant choices.
      You still can. Just use the hanging chad option on the Free Nodelet. Of course, it will take an act of Congress and 17 Diebold voting machines to tell you that your navel is on backwards. (What did you expect, a confirmation of your vote?)

      Quantum Mechanics: The dreams stuff is made of

        No, no, it will confirm that you voted for Dudley Doright, but count your vote towards Snidely Whiplash, who is a political friend of the CEO of the company who makes the voting machines.


        " When in doubt, use brute force." — Ken Thompson
      OK, just wondering, I'll vote heartily as many times as I can :)
Re: Why can I vote several times on Polls?
by Aristotle (Chancellor) on Feb 28, 2006 at 19:44 UTC

    Because Anonymonks were not to be restricted from voting on polls. Additionally, noone has a stake in any of the pollsí outcomes anyway.

    Makeshifts last the longest.

Re: Why can I vote several times on Polls ?
by davido (Cardinal) on Feb 28, 2006 at 17:30 UTC

    We leave it that way with the hope that it will lead us to a false feeling of brilliance as we see the tally of votes for a poll we've contrived rise, presumably artificially high due to people who have discovered the flaw.

    Or perhaps we (meaning I) haven't sifted through the polling code to detect this flaw in the first place. ...and for the reason I previously gave, combined with the fact that polls are really only for fun anyway, I'm not all that motivated to figure out what to do about it. ;)



Re: Why can I vote several times on Polls ?
by spiritway (Vicar) on Mar 01, 2006 at 06:23 UTC

    Why not? Where I come from, that's the way it's done (I'm from Chicago). And just because your great grandfather died, doesn't mean he can't vote ;-)

Re: Why can I vote several times on Polls ?
by Anonymous Monk on Mar 08, 2006 at 22:18 UTC
    Ironically enough, I bet there is less ballot box stuffing because its so easy to do. Everyone does it once to see if its possible, and realizes its easy to do and don't bother doing it again. If there was some kind of enforcement behind it, a lot of people would take that as a challenge and try to find a way around it. Then when they did find a way around it, they would run up the votes just to prove they did it.

    Not that I would react that way. Its just speculations... :)

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