Vote Now in the 2002 Internet Wood Coaster Poll

Posted Friday, November 8, 2002 3:42 AM | Contributed by Mitch Hawker

Once again the polling algorithm that separates ride quality from rider quantity is being used to rate the wooden-tracked roller coasters that operated worldwide this past season. Results of the 2001 Internet Wood Coaster Poll, ballots for the 2002 poll, past wood and steel poll results and more about the algorithm used for this annual poll are available at the website.

New for this year are the ability to rank what you love in a roller coaster, from floating airtime to slamming laterals. Also, for the first time, poll respondents also have the option of putting their name on their ballot for display on the website's completed ballots page.

Link: Internet Roller Coaster Poll

Friday, November 8, 2002 3:51 AM
Yay! This is a great poll and I'm excited to see the results.

Timbers lost by one last year...hopefully it will place this time around, too.

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Kara (car-uh)
1024 Laps
621 in '02
52 visits to 4 CF parks in '02 with a season pass, free. Knowing I saved $1603, priceless.

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Friday, November 8, 2002 4:37 AM
Ugh, I'm having *such* a hard time filling mine out this year. The more coasters I ride, the harder it becomes.

I don't really have a hard time with 1-15, but after that it's really difficult. There are so many rides that are in the 'ok' category: Rides I had fun on, but that just didn't blow me away. Trying to rank those rides is a real headache for me.

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'I don't want to grow up, there's too much contradiction.' - Television 'Friction' *** This post was edited by chris on 11/8/2002. ***

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Friday, November 8, 2002 6:09 AM
I agree, Chris... my first ten are pretty easy and require very little thought. Its when I get to the others that I get into "deep thought." Particularly when some of those coasters are ones that I haven't ridden in years!
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Friday, November 8, 2002 6:25 AM

I agree, the poll is fun, but gets harder to fill out every year. And I rode so many new-to-me coasters this year. My top 10 saw 4 new entries!

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--Oat Boy
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Friday, November 8, 2002 6:38 AM
Soggy's avatar Don't worry, Kara. Your baby gets my vote for #1.

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Nothing... NOTHING... can prepare you for... the Fourth Dimension!

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Friday, November 8, 2002 7:09 AM

Way too complicated.

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Friday, November 8, 2002 7:40 AM

Let's see. Your favorite gets a 1, your next fave gets a 2...

Complicated??

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Friday, November 8, 2002 7:47 AM

Complicated?

If you read the instructions carefully it's not very hard to do. The hard thing is to rate them, but that's not a difficulty for me to do since i only have 4 woodies ridden.

Give it a try, it's not that complicated that it looks.

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Friday, November 8, 2002 8:01 AM

I solved the rating problem by having tiers...there are a lot of coasters I feel similar about, so it's hard to differentiate between them and say that one is better than another in a lot of cases. Therefore, I have 4 #1's, 3, #2's, some 3's and 4's, a heck of a lot of 5's and 6's, and so on down to the dreaded 10, reserved for the likes of Psucklone, Rolling Blunder, The Fizzly, and SFWOA's Big Crapper.

Ranking them this way really made completing the poll easy and I was done with 37 woodies in about 15 minutes.

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Mike Miller

"You're trouble, Trouble Boy!"

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Friday, November 8, 2002 8:07 AM

Mike-istist - That's an interesting approach. Do you actually submit the ballot that way, or do you just group them and then rank within groupings?

37? And I thought I was bad.... ;)

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'I don't want to grow up, there's too much contradiction.' - Television 'Friction'

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Friday, November 8, 2002 8:08 AM

I also use the tier system, makes the job a LOT easier. I have 7 more woodies to add to my ratings list this year. IIRC, in the past Mitch sometimes gave you a method to ressurect last years ballot to use as starting ground. I feel now for the ECO attendees, as their coaster rating lives just got significantly harder.

Big Crapper bad, nah Raging Wolf Bobs is MUCH worse.

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David Bowers
Mayor, Coasterville

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Friday, November 8, 2002 8:34 AM

Chris: I submitted the ballot that way, and it looks like it showed up on the webpage listings without any problems.

And don't tease me about my woodie count, I just started riding outside of Calif. 2 years ago! I should be over 50 woodies after 'Con-Quest next year, and I'm looking to make Coney #50!

Dave: I know it's hard to believe, but I actually preferred RWB to the Big Crapper (not that RWB was "all that" either). I only took one ride on the Dipper, in the backseat, and it was a horrible disappointment, as I had really been looking forward to it. I still need to try the front, maybe my opinion of it will improve. I really thought ALL of the SFWOA woodies were crap, but that's just IMO.

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Mike Miller

"You're trouble, Trouble Boy!"

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Friday, November 8, 2002 8:38 AM
The Bassman says:

'And don't tease me about my woodie count, I just started riding outside of Calif. 2 years ago!'

And from what I hear, they're all 6 1/2s out there. ;)

Have you guys finalized an itinerary for your epic adventure yet?

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'I don't want to grow up, there's too much contradiction.' - Television 'Friction' *** This post was edited by chris on 11/8/2002. ***

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Friday, November 8, 2002 8:47 AM

Chris: Except for Ghostrider and the pre-neutered Colossuck, a 6.5 rating is being kind to most of the Calif. wood!

The itinerary is not set yet (still too soon) but we have some ideas...I'll shoot you an email.

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Mike Miller

"You're trouble, Trouble Boy!"

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Friday, November 8, 2002 8:51 AM

Ask Moosh about California woodies and the 6 + 1/2s. :)

Yes, it's as tasteless as you think.

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'I don't want to grow up, there's too much contradiction.' - Television 'Friction'

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Friday, November 8, 2002 8:53 AM

Moosh + tastelessness??? I'm shocked!

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Mike Miller

"You're trouble, Trouble Boy!"

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Friday, November 8, 2002 10:11 AM
What's with this poll? They couldn't have done it with an HTML form and email confirmation!? Ugh.
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Friday, November 8, 2002 10:29 AM
Everytime this poll comes around, it's the same. They should have a fill-in-the-bubble ballot rather that something this complicated. I think potential voters are scared away by the formality or the poll. They could have several bubbles that apply to every ride. Also, some people that aren't going to invest too much time into a poll simply won't do it either. There are much user-friendly ways to poll people nowadays.
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Friday, November 8, 2002 11:20 AM

I'd like it if it had radio buttons and was in HTML format too, but it's really not that hard to fill out the poll if you follow the directions. It took me about 25 minutes last year when I did it for the first time, and about 15 this year.

It's terrificaly easy to say it should have all those things, but it would add a lot of work on Mitch's part to change both the poll format and his tabulation methods.

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Mike Miller

"You're trouble, Trouble Boy!"

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