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The Register: Botzilla sinking fangs into second MSNBC Windows poll?

Sep 20, 2000, 12:04 (3 Talkback[s])
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"Luckless online news organisation MSNBC is showing every sign of having been pranged by poll-packing twice in the one week, and on the one page. We do feel slightly sorry for the loves, who're clearly not themselves fixing polls in Microsoft's favour, but if you run meaningless polls as entertainment in order to get hits, you do bear a certain amount of responsibility for the consequences."

"Picking up the story from where we left off yesterday, we can report that MSNBC has confirmed that its poll on which was the best operating system has fallen victim to "what appeared to be electronic ballot stuffing." MSNBC therefore took the poll down, and put up a notice which confirmed that "MSNBC Live Votes are not scientifically valid surveys."

"Course they're not - they're a bit of a laugh, and arguably they depend on word getting round about them, and the various interest groups all piling into the site in order to vote for their favourite. Linux Today encouraged that with the OS vote initially, and then apparently some huge, brutal, psychotic bot was unleashed in the Microsoft interest. The fact that it did so in such an obvious, over the top and unsubtle manner does tend to make one recall the business methods of certain top Redmond execs, but more likely it was just some nutter."

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