Mitch's coaster poll

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 10:00 PM

Check is in the mail.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 10:22 PM

I do have to agree that Jeff's poll seems more relevant and useful.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 10:27 PM

I appreciate CoasterBuzz a lot. The whole website is relevant and useful. I can't imagine what my internet routine would be without it.

Just donate the amount of the check to GKTW, Jeff. ;)

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 10:30 PM

I think the CBuzz 100 is a nice gauge on what is hot at the minute...in the US. I like Mitch's poll (which really doesn't move the popular US coasters much from any other polls). I like looking at Mitch's poll to see where the rest of the world lands.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011 12:29 AM

Considering that CB's audience is 92% American, I'm OK with the American slant.

I've decided that an annual poll in a medium (the Internets) that is very real time is kind of silly though. I mean, I'm almost embarrassed that the CB100 is weekly! Kids want to know what's hot now now now. That's why they like the Twitter and the Facebook.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011 12:36 AM

Jeff said:
I mean, I'm almost embarrassed that the CB100 is weekly!

In a situation that encompasses adults riding roller coasters, rating and ranking them, sharing their opinions and others reading those aggregate opinions and feeling strong enough to debate for pages and pages of type that's what embarasses you? ;)

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011 1:35 AM

I was trying to mitigate the apparent silliness of it all, so thanks for helping me dodge that bullet. Dick. :)

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011 7:58 AM

I just don't see the point on ranking things that much. It's like beer. I'll have a favorite IPA for a year, until something better comes along. Sometimes, it's fun to do it, for the fun of it, but I don't see the point in taking anything so seriously.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011 10:06 AM

Yeah, I used to get into ranking all my coasters in Mitch's poll every year until I just stopped giving a crap. Too much work, and it just doesn't matter. And what's funny is that I really haven't had to do any more work the last few years since I've barely ridden any new coasters in that time. I'm a crappy enthusiast. Or just lazy. Or both. Yeah...both.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011 10:12 AM

Or Maverick.

That's why I stopped claiming the enthusiast title some years ago. It was something I got really into for a while, then lost a lot of interest in when I realized that my other hobbies/life priorities were more gratifying.

Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy a good coaster or 6 from time to time, but I don't devote my whole summer or make plans around opening days or anything anymore.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011 10:37 AM

I have also moved away from making dedicated trips to parks anymore. Having kids and a real job does that to you, I suppose. That said, anytime I'm in a new place for business or pleasure, the first thing I'll check is the calendar for the nearest park.

I appreciate polls because it does affect my travel plans. My taste align fairly well with Mitch's results so I do make decisions about whether to stay on that extra day after a conference to check out <new coaster> based on the poll results (in addition to TR's, buzz, and some other factors).

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011 11:26 AM

What is with all this maturity / not making coasters the center of your world?!? You Philistines! :)

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011 1:35 PM

My sentiments exactly. It's just like when all my friends stopped playing D&D, just because they all had to go get jobs and get married. Traitors! ;)

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011 2:15 PM

I'm the same as I ever was. I don't get to 10 or 20 parks a year lke some people because it can be really expensive, especially gas and hotels. I usually get to go to 3 or 4 a year, maybe more if I have more money. I rarely get to any park further than 6 or 8 hours away.

That Kings Island park gets me every year, for some reason. I just love it. It's the closest to me, but I wish I lived closer to it.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011 3:59 PM

Eh, I wasn't going to, but I went ahead and did the poll. I'd already ranked my entire coaster record here on CBuzz, so it was just a matter of scanning down the list for the woodies and plugging them into the ballot generator. I don't care *all* that much about these polls, but I do find it mildly interesting how my preferences compare. The reason I took the time to rank my list on CBuzz was mainly for myself; but I would be hard pressed to explain in any rational way *why* I like having that list. :) Beyond the top 25% I don't care much. It's basically a ranking of, "given the choice between riding this or that coaster again, which would I pick?"

Now all we need is a charm poll! Mark which of the following charmed you in 2010:

  • lampposts
  • trees
  • bodies of water
  • hilly terrain
  • old smelly dark rides
  • melted light globes

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Thursday, January 27, 2011 4:05 PM

10 points to you for Toro being your favorite wooden coaster. But I'm deducting five because you rank MF higher ;).

"Hi, I'm Clint. Have we ever argued on Coasterbuzz?"

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Thursday, January 27, 2011 4:09 PM

birdhombre said:
Now all we need is a charm poll! Mark which of the following charmed you in 2010:

  • lampposts
  • trees
  • bodies of water
  • hilly terrain
  • old smelly dark rides
  • melted light globes

It's an idea so stupid that it's brilliant.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011 4:33 PM

Too Long. Didn't Rank.

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Friday, January 28, 2011 12:22 PM

That new helper link really streamlined the process for me; otherwise too cumbersome.

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Friday, January 28, 2011 12:40 PM

I would like the chance to list rides as "tied" but at least this one let me go in and edit it myself before pasting it into an e-mail.

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