Posted Monday, November 26, 2001 11:10 AM | Contributed by Mitch Hawker
The deadline to vote in the 2001 Internet Wooden Tracked Roller Coaster Poll is this Friday.
Lend your experience and opinions to the roller coaster community by participating in the roller coaster poll most respected by your fellow enthusiasts. All participants will be sent a copy of the results in early December.
Link: Internet Roller Coaster Poll
Monday, November 26, 2001 1:49 PM
I used to skip this poll because I'd get about half way thru Mitch's instructions and think, "man...this looks time consuming." Once I did it I realized it is quite easy and doesn't take long at all. For anyone who has looked at Mitch's directions and thought "WTF?" here is easiest way [IMHO] to do the poll:
1] copy the entire ballot into an e:mail and then simply delete ALL the coasters you HAVE NEVER ridden.
2] reading each line from left to right, change the first column of "n's" to a "y" all the way down the list since you have ridden each coaster in the list.
3] for every coaster you rode THIS YEAR change the "n" in the second column to a "y."
4] rank away!!
Although that is a simplified way to do the poll its a good way to start. I recommend reading Mitch's directions just to be sure you are not missing anything. As for ranking I've ridden 68 wooden coasters and prefer to rank in order from 1 to 68 but there are other ways as well and Mitch spells them out on his website. The nice thing about doing this poll just ONCE is that you can save your ballot and have a reference for the following year.
Monday, November 26, 2001 1:57 PM
I already voted. I definitely made sure my favorite "Boulder Dash" was #1 and I was rejoicing to see SOB in the 120's.
Tuesday, November 27, 2001 8:09 AM
I urge all of you who haven't voted to do so now, as this is one poll where your vote can make a huge difference. It is a great way to support your favorite coasters and get them ranked higher (particularly lesser-known ones that usually get overlooked in "popularity" polls), and also a good way to force your "hated" coasters further down the list. Take a look at the results from years past, and you will see that enthusiasts make it known which coasters they truly despise.
As Mamoosh said, voting takes a lot less time than you would think after taking a first look at the ballot. The time you invest in voting is definitely time well spent.
*** This post was edited by Rob Ascough on 11/27/2001. ***
Tuesday, November 27, 2001 10:22 AM
A big who-hoo for Timbers so far! We have held the lead for the past couple of weeks, and I couldn't be happier :). After being second for the past two years, we're making a comeback!
Voting really didn't take me all that long. At first it looks greatly time consuming, but it turned out to be better than I thought. It's a really great, concise poll and I urge you to vote…even if it isn't for my Timbers;).
Tuesday, November 27, 2001 11:27 AM
Don't you people realize how easy it is to cheat in this poll? There are no safeguards in place to protect against it.
Wednesday, November 28, 2001 7:05 AM
I have never seen any evidence of anyone trying to sabotage the poll.
Wednesday, November 28, 2001 7:51 AM
You'd have to be more petty than Tom to mess with the poll. Anyone who would take the time to alter some coaster rankings really needs to consider getting a life.
"you're better off talkin bout your wack puma sneakers." -KRS ONE
Wednesday, November 28, 2001 9:45 AM
Not only that, but the ballots are handled by a human. Duh.
More petty than Tom... very nice. It took me a moment because it seems the guy dropped off the face of the earth!
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Wednesday, November 28, 2001 10:01 AM
Yeah, he's "free fallin'." I'll stop now.
Wednesday, November 28, 2001 12:00 PM
It would be hard to tell what was sabotage, typically, given the nature of the poll. It would really only be useful in *really* close votes, too.