Mitchs best woodie poll

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 10:07 PM

Time to Vote!

http://www.ushsho.com/bestrollercoasterpoll.htm

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009 11:10 PM

I keep saying I'm going to do this. But, every year I look at it and say, huh? I don't even know where to begin.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009 11:41 PM

I did it one year. It's just not fun anymore.

But I still give best wishes to those who want to give it a try.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 12:38 AM

It's deceptively simple and, once you have a ballot finished, updating it each year takes a few minutes at most.

With that said, I'm not sure if I'll actually find a few spare minutes this year.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 2:21 AM

Yeah, but regardless of who wins this year, I doubt that it will be statistically significant. :) ;)

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 9:41 AM

Once you vote, it's easy to modify your old ballot and resubmit.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 10:27 AM

It may be simple to fill out, but I still have no interest in ranking coasters.

I guess I should turn in my geek card, huh? :)

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 10:57 AM

Coaster Fanatics has a really great web app which helps organize and create your ballot.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 11:24 AM

I am debating whether to do the poll this year because my ballot from last year was on my computer that crashed and since I didnt ride any new coasters this year I not thinking it is worth it, but this is my favorite poll.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 12:06 PM

Jason Hammond said:
I keep saying I'm going to do this. But, every year I look at it and say, huh? I don't even know where to begin.

That's what I thought before I actually did it. The problem is that Mitch's instructions make it seem more difficult that it is. It's easy, and if you use an Excel spreadsheet for your ballot you can just reopen it the following year and revise. (others have already responded with similar advice).

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 12:44 PM

It's that time of year! Maybe we can get through the steps even faster since we've had so much practice:

1. "Mitch's poll is up."
2. "I keep meaning to do it but it's too hard/complicated/lengthy."
3. "It's not that hard, use a spreadsheet."
4. "It's not that hard, use the web app."

Now all we need is

-Three or four posts complaining about the poll by people who don't understand how it works
-Accusations of cheating/ballot stuffing
-Be-yotching about TPR swinging the vote
-Coaster X is "too high" or "too low" ad nauseum
-"The only list I care about is my own"
-"At least it's better than the Golden Tickets"

Wash, rinse, repeat. :) Any I'm forgetting?

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 12:48 PM

matt. said:
Wash, rinse, repeat. :) Any I'm forgetting?

Just the sarcastic post by a long time buzzer trying to be funny by running down some stereotypical comments for how these threads normally go each year.

...and then the post by some jerk pointing it out. ;)

(I kid because I love)

Last edited by Lord Gonchar, Wednesday, November 11, 2009 12:55 PM
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 12:51 PM

I want to know what happened to the Coaster's Choice Awards. ;)

Last edited by Fun, Wednesday, November 11, 2009 12:52 PM
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 1:14 PM

Just the sarcastic post by a long time buzzer trying to be funny by running down some stereotypical comments for how these threads normally go each year.

That was a first though! Not a trend. ;) Yet.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 1:18 PM

Ahhh! What's the rule?

Three years a trend doth make?

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 1:32 PM

This might be a subparagraph to the other complaints, but there's the "how could a coaster that so few have ridden be ranked so high?" gripe.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 1:52 PM

^I thought that was a subsection of the paragraph about TPR (see: Balder, Ex GeForce, Eagle's Fortress, T-Express). ;)

It's completely understandable to me, and doesn't really require a "conspiracy" for a hard-to-get ride to be ranked so high. There are a TON of factors at play when it comes to ranking, conscious and subconscious, and "I made a tremendous effort to ride a fabulous coaster" would inevitably play a part...

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 2:27 PM

Ok, so I'm attempting to do the poll. I am following the instructions on his site. When I pasted the text into Excel, none of the columns are separated like he shows them. All the information is in Column A. Am I doing something wrong?

<edit>

Never mind. I'm not very versed in spreadsheets. I figured it out using the import wizard.

Last edited by Jason Hammond, Wednesday, November 11, 2009 2:52 PM
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 2:55 PM

Allow me to be the one to complain about how ugly the website is, and how voting by email using text files is so 1996.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 3:42 PM

Ok, it is easier than it looks. Though it will still be a bit time consuming. I've gotten off to a good start.

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