We await the OFFBALL committee visit with both trepidation and interest! Our Barristers - Throbknuckle Hoskiss Burke - have been instructed accordingly and are preparing the
While we have never made serious claims about the accuracy of Mini-polls I think I have only detected serious abuse once and, perhaps surprisingly, that was not one or two people seeking to vote repeatedly but rather an orchestrated campaign of many people voting once each.
The results we see this time are also explicable in terms of Internet growth and the hurley burley of life. For example if somebody is normally a daily visitor but goes on holiday for 2 weeks when they come back they might well vote that they visit daily - that would be the right thing to do. We also pick up many new, and regular visitors each week. So 2 weeks into the poll somebody stumbles across the site for the first time, starts visiting us twice a day and then votes accordingly.
We could actually put in a lot of protection to try and stop people voting inappropriately, but we've found technology to be very off-putting to some since it's very difficult to get it to work realisably in all circumstances. Its also actually totally impossible to stop a determined multiple voter since they would just use different machines - one at home, one at work, several visits to Internet Cafe etc. While I don't think I'm exactly typical I don't think I'm unusual in probably using 3 to 5 machines in a typical week. All that being the case it seems crazy to chase the Holy Grail. We do however have some protection but essentially there is a trust thing here and personally i think the results are not a million miles off the reality. Of course that's the 'reality' for visitors to our site - or rather those who choose to vote. If voters represent some kind of dance audience norm or not is an interesting point - worthy of debate in itself sometime.
All this reminds me that I need to change the poll...