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See you at the poll

Posted Friday, October 19, 2007, at 1:05 PM

When we went to our new web page design in early August, our opinion polls got pushed down to the bottom of the main splash page. I think fewer people notice them as a result, and our participation has gone down. However, we did pick up the opportunity for readers to leave a comment along with their vote.

One poll voter is apparently unhappy that our last two polls have been about relatively lightweight subjects:


Why? Because we try to have something for everyone, and some people are looking for an opportunity to complain, in all capital letters, and without the expected question mark.

In all seriousness, we've always gone back and forth between serious and silly poll topics. The current poll is about tongue-in-cheek presidential candidates. Before that, we asked about favorite T-G comic strips. That poll actually had a serious purpose to it; someone had complained about his favorite strip sometimes being omitted, and so we wanted to see which comics were the most popular.

The two polls before that were both on hard-news topics.

The fact of the matter is, our new web page design gives people more chances than ever before to make their voices heard about a variety of serious issues, by commenting on stories and blog posts. We'll continue to do both serious and not-so-serious polls, but I don't see what our commenter has to be so upset about.

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