2007 Steel Coaster Poll

Monday, January 28, 2008 10:32 AM
rollergator's avatar The polls always bring out the MAJOR insanity that begins brewing the day after the local seasonal parks close...

...and Vibora is in a class by itself among steel bobsleds...

But it still sure ain't a WOODEN bobsled... ;)


"You can all have differing opinions, but the way to test their validity is to judge them against MINE!"....hehe... :)

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Monday, January 28, 2008 2:13 PM

matt. said:

Spinout said:
For Six Flags Over Texas, they have Shockwave, Mine Train, Titan, and Mr. Freeze. They are missing a number of great rides in my opinion other than those.

B:TR - covered as a group with all B:TR clones
Flashback - covered with all Vekoma boomerangs
Judge Roy - covered in the wooden poll
La Vibora - grouped with all Intamin Bobsleds
Mine Train - in the poll
Mini mine train - is this one of the missing great rides you're thinking of?
Mr. Freeze - in the poll
Runaway Mountain - in the poll
Shockwave - in the poll
Texas Giant - woodie
Titan - in the poll
Canyon Blaster - production model kiddie coaster

Maybe I'm not understanding what you mean.


Wow, I didn't get what that whole top part meant. I thought you only pick one because that's your favorite roller coaster of all the roller coasters you like. In other words, your favorite type.

The thing that's misleading is the word "favorite". It says that you need to pick everything you've been on. I've been on the Spinning Mouse, and I don't like it, but yet it says everything that you have ridden. It says "Favorite Spinning Mouse" as the option.

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Monday, January 28, 2008 2:40 PM
rollergator's avatar Spinning mice? Exterminator........and all the others. Still wish they'd boost the light levels JUST enough so I could see all the elaborate theming just a bit more.

SFoT has a heck of an enclosed ride in Runaway Mountain - I'd have ridden that (and Vibora) more if it weren't for the lines. RotM and Space Mountain West seem to be THE enclosed coasters that have good capacity...

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Monday, January 28, 2008 3:52 PM
matt.'s avatar

Spinout said:
Wow, I didn't get what that whole top part meant. I thought you only pick one because that's your favorite roller coaster of all the roller coasters you like. In other words, your favorite type.

Gotcha, I see how that can be confusing now. I figured something was getting lost in translation somewhere. ;)

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Monday, January 28, 2008 5:27 PM

manofthechurch said:
Nemesis is not even close to as good as Raptor, let alone MF. It seems that polls and forums go out of their way to ignore the greatness of CP. It is a joke. I have rode Expedition G-force and it was a pretty good coaster, but pales in comparison to MF. What a joke!


And this is based on how many Nemesis rides ....?

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Monday, January 28, 2008 7:39 PM

manofthechurch said:
OMG!!!! I just read that list. Awful!! LOL
MF is all the way down at #6?.... and Nitro is only one behind? Nitro along with a few in the top five do not deserve to be in the top 20 or 30.
Something is wrong with the way they tally the results.

I can pretty much guess that if those ranking made you sick, then you would definitely projectile vomit over my rankings.

I had, and will again have Olympia Looping, Ex. Ge Force, Winjas, Heibe Farht?(The Klotten coaster), listed in my top 10 on Mitch's poll; because, yes, they absolutely deserve to be there. *** Edited 1/29/2008 12:40:32 AM UTC by Coasterphan***

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008 12:57 PM
I got the e-mail that my ballot was processed, but that he's not letting people who voted view the processed ballots this year. That's too bad because I love looking through them, but I guess it could avoid some of the "fanboy-ism" that is out there (some even visible in this thread;)).
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Wednesday, January 30, 2008 5:05 PM
Anyone give Kraken a shot at #1. It is my favorite floorless of all time and quite a fun coaster?
Top 5, in no particular order: 1. MF 2. Maverick, 3. Kraken 3. El Toro, 4. TTD 5. Superman Krypton Coaster Top overrated coasters: 1. Incredible Hulk (Boooooring!) 2. Nitro 3. Expedition G-force 4. Goliath(SFMM) 5. Any Dive Coaster
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Wednesday, January 30, 2008 7:30 PM
rollergator's avatar Kraken's good, but it's no S:KC... ;)

Just be a fanboy of good coasters and good parks. Homerism is for the Simpsons.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008 7:49 PM
matt.'s avatar Just glancing through last year's results there were a handful of ballots with Kraken as #1. About 5 I counted.
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Thursday, January 31, 2008 10:10 AM
It deserves to be up there. I think if the coaster was overseas, coasterphan would have it in his top 5. Just because he is proud that he rode it and many people have not.
Top 5, in no particular order: 1. MF 2. Maverick, 3. Kraken 3. El Toro, 4. TTD 5. Superman Krypton Coaster Top overrated coasters: 1. Incredible Hulk (Boooooring!) 2. Nitro 3. Expedition G-force 4. Goliath(SFMM) 5. Any Dive Coaster
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Thursday, January 31, 2008 6:30 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar Dominator, S:KC, then Kraken for me.

Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

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Thursday, January 31, 2008 6:46 PM
matt.'s avatar

manofthechurch said:
Just because he is proud that he rode it and many people have not.

Your imagination is very vivid for someone in their mid-30s, I'm impressed.

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Friday, February 1, 2008 10:06 AM
^Thanks
Top 5, in no particular order: 1. MF 2. Maverick, 3. Kraken 3. El Toro, 4. TTD 5. Superman Krypton Coaster Top overrated coasters: 1. Incredible Hulk (Boooooring!) 2. Nitro 3. Expedition G-force 4. Goliath(SFMM) 5. Any Dive Coaster
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Friday, February 1, 2008 12:07 PM
Sometimes it's fun to imagine that people actually live in Germany, and actually ride lots of rolley rides in their own country, and actually form their own opinions!

"Would you like to buy a photo of you boys enjoying the Line Ride?"

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Friday, February 1, 2008 12:17 PM
rollergator's avatar ^LOL...you have a vivid imagination of your own. People living in other places....as IF! ;)

Hehe, I really NEED that rolling-eyes smiley right about now... :)


You still have Zoidberg.... You ALL have Zoidberg! (V) (;,,;) (V)

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Friday, February 1, 2008 12:43 PM
All right, so I managed to transfer the poll to Office 2004 for the Mac in Excel and used the "Text to columns" feature or something like that. It automatically recognized that I was importing a monospaced table and once I chose the right option everything lined up.

I doubled-clicked the top of the columns so the widest entry would be visible in each column. I've eliminated each row that I didn't need because I hadn't ridden it. So far, so good.

What I'd liked to know however is that Mitch recommends transferring the table back to WordPad in the PC to keep the monospacing once finished. On the Mac side in OS X we have Text Edit. Without my Mac in front of me right now, (I'm at work) does anyone know if Text Edit can do monospacing? Or once I transfer it, should I pick out a monospaced font (if one exists)?

Lastly, I agree with Lord Gonchar that Mitch's poll is actually easier to use than the other form-based method. You can eliminate a huge amount of rides right off the bat before transferring it into a spreadsheet based on country alone, say if you've only ridden coasters in the U.S.

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Friday, February 1, 2008 12:50 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar I don't even go as far as you, Intamin Fan.

I just edit the text file. Takes about 10 minutes at most to delete everything I don't need and change all the "N's" to "Y's" that need to be changed. From there it's just a matter of ranking the coasters.


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Friday, February 1, 2008 4:44 PM
Vater's avatar I don't get how that online form could be faster. It takes forever to drag the coasters one at a time to rank them. I've tried the Excel spreadsheet conversion, too, with no success. It's much easier for me to just edit a text file.

And for the record, if when the results are posted they don't correspond with my rankings...they're wrong. I'm all for differing opinions, but come on. How is it possible for other people's not to be the same as mine?

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