Sunday, December 12, 2010

Not Sure What Happened...

In the left column of this blog and down just a bit was a poll which asked visitors to vote on their take on the 9/11 disaster. The votes topped out several months ago at around 350 (with the vast majority agreeing that the perpetrators were al qaeda in league with some form or faction of the U.S. and has ever since been actually shrinking!! I'm pretty busy these days and rarely have a chance to check in on my blog - about once every 2-4 weeks, but every time I do, the number of votes is smaller and smaller. It is now down to about 65 votes. How can this be? One wonders.


  1. Hmmm... Interesting. You got me, Bro.

    Over a year ago, I used to regularly run polls on my 'Stuffs' blog but I eventually deep-sixed that feature. Never noticed anything "buggy" about them. These polls would remain active for 4-6 weeks at a time.

    However, I will add that I have had one poll at the bottom of each of my blogs running continuously for nearly as long as I've had these two blogs up. The one at 'Stuffs' asks the reader whether or not they would submit feedback if asked to participate in a poll (obviously this is a poll meant as a joke) and the one at 'Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends' asks the reader whether or not they like the blog or think the blogger (me) should have all sorts of unpleasant acts perpetrated against him.

    I have noticed that the numbers on these polls - particularly the one at F-FFF - seem to be in constant flux. The total number of votes counted has seemed to rise and fall back again from time to time.

    So, although I don't recall encountering any problems with my short-term special feature polls at 'Stuffs', I'm inclined to suspect that perhaps polls that are left up for very long periods of times have "bug" issues that cause them to become unreliable.

    Incidentally, for the record, once upon a time, I did submit a vote to your poll. I cast my vote for: 9/11 was perpetrated by terrorists with the foreknowledge and/or assistance of persons within the United States Government.

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

  2. Less votes because you have less traffic because you have less blog entries which means less people sharing a link to your site... ^^

  3. Gary - First of all, thanks for the positive feedback on my blogs. Sometimes one wonders if anyone besides oneself gets anything at all out of these blogs. Also, to my understanding, the votes should be cumulative - so, for example, I have the poll up for 365 days. That should mean that it keeps a running total for those 365 days...otherwise the poll is entirely pointless. At least that's how I see it. The other possibility is that Interpol and the secret government is rewriting history one insignificant blog at a time...hmmm.

  4. What Stephen fails to disclose is that on the poll where it asks if the blogger (Stephen) should have all sorts of unpleasant acts perpetrated against him, the response is a resounding "YES!"

    Just kidding, McDogg.

    It's difficult to see the value in a poll if it does not retain the history.