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May 02, 2006

A Poll.

Because I just want to see if this works here.

[poll temporarily removed -- it's causing some problems. You can see it here]

Posted by john at May 2, 2006 03:16 PM

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Kevin | May 2, 2006 03:32 PM

What isn't great with Honey Butter? I mean really, it's the kind of team player that makes the OTHER players better.

John Scalzi | May 2, 2006 03:33 PM

Sage comment, Kevin.

John H | May 2, 2006 03:38 PM

I'm great with a side of fava beans and a nice Chianti!

Timmy | May 2, 2006 03:39 PM

Indeed, very wise. He shall be our new god.


So how many people out there were ACTUALLY concieved by their parents? Five?

Tom | May 2, 2006 03:42 PM

So, how do we change our vote, or are we all just supposed to vote until our fingers wear down to little nubby bits.


John Scalzi | May 2, 2006 03:45 PM

You can't change your vote once you've cast it, as far as I know.

Jim | May 2, 2006 04:03 PM

Because you are using frames, the entry remains full sized even though the poll questions are smaller, leaving a large blank entry with white space. It would be better implimented with Ajax, which would allow dynamic resizing and would not require a frame.

Actually, now that I look at it, you are using an AOL poll thing of some type. I guess it is as good as it gets not creating your own.

I would create my own if it was something that would be used often. I love Ruby on Rails for dynamic content, but to each his own.

Dave Munger | May 2, 2006 04:07 PM

So, is Jim right? Is the poll an AOL thing? So it's only usable by AOL members? Because I'd love to have polling capability for my blog.

Kenneth | May 2, 2006 04:23 PM

I read your blog through bloglines, where I only saw the title and the enigmatic introductory sentence. I, too, found the white space below the poll unexpected. Once I'd taken the poll, of course, it all made sense. Ah, like so much of life. Once you know, you know.

Aaron Haynes | May 2, 2006 04:48 PM

There should have been a "Mildly disturbed that the past two entries accurately used pee and poop as extended metaphors for completely unrelated things" option.

David McNelis | May 2, 2006 04:52 PM

Any one else start thinking of "The Todd" from Scrubs when they read that answer? :)

John Scalzi | May 2, 2006 05:34 PM


"I would create my own if it was something that would be used often. I love Ruby on Rails for dynamic content, but to each his own."

I am as likely to code my own poll as I am to construct a Formula One racer out of Graham crackers, so this is a reasonable solution for me. I had a choice of either having extra space before one takes the quiz or having the results scroll afterward; next time I'll try it the other way and see how it looks.

Dave Munger:

It is an AOL thing, and I think they'll be making it available for non-AOLers as well. Right now it's in beta. I may be the first person to use it outside of the AOL environment, although don't quote me on that.

DJN | May 2, 2006 06:09 PM

What? No option to vote for "get back to work you cat vacuuming sod! I want a new book!" ?


Are you coming to Madison this year, Mr. Scalzi?

Dave Munger | May 2, 2006 06:35 PM

Thanks, John. I think I may end up going with quimble.com, though, which is up and running already.

JonathanMoeller | May 2, 2006 09:04 PM

So does it use any sort of IP or MAC filtering, or can I sit here with a third-rate MAC address spoofer and subvert the democratic process?

John Scalzi | May 2, 2006 09:08 PM

I have no idea. Subvert away!

Linkmeister | May 2, 2006 09:18 PM

Mr. Munger, there are (conservatively) six zillion makers of free polling whatsits for blogs on the interwebs, so there's no need to bind oneself to the one our host displays here. Google "free polling software."

I would have voted for "I doubt your interest is sincere" but I didn't want to cast aspersions on Mr. Scalzi. So I selected the honey butter option.

clvrmnky | May 2, 2006 10:37 PM

Some of us do not have the luxury of "being", you insensitive clod!

(With no apologies to slashdot.)

Bob Westbrook | May 3, 2006 01:01 AM

Uh? Don't know yet. Where is the "all of the above" question?
Actually I now decide that if I wake up I will have a good day. (When you've been in a coma for a month waking up is a good start)
I have a good day because I choose to no matter what crap decides to cling to the bottom of my shoe

Steve Eley | May 3, 2006 11:39 AM

Any one else start thinking of "The Todd" from Scrubs when they read that answer? :)

The Todd is happy to fill you. If you want to call it "nameless dread," that's fine with The Todd.

Brian Greenberg | May 3, 2006 02:22 PM

FYI: The cookie seems to be of the 24-hour variety (or something like that). My page is showing the survey again today, so I can vote again on the same machine.

Just in case you want to use this for a real purpose one day...

John Scalzi | May 3, 2006 02:29 PM

It's still not reset on my browser, so I can't explain that, other than to ask if you're looking at it with a different browser.

MWT | May 3, 2006 09:51 PM

Might be a dynamic IP address. If you're using dialup to connect, the ISP assigns a new one at random each time.