Duck Shooting Poll - how to fake it

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Subject: Duck Shooting Poll - how to fake it
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2009 13:04:21 +1100
I have been watching the total, and the increase did slow down overnight.  If 
someone is faking most of the votes then it must be happening almost equally on 
both sides, because the percentages have barely moved.

It seems hard to believe though that this poll has attracted way more than 
double the votes of any previous poll.

Peter Shute

 wrote on Friday, 27 February 2009 12:09 PM:

> On Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 11:06:42AM +1100,
>  wrote:
>> Meaningless, meaningless polls.
>> If you want to vote multiple times to skew the tally, all you have to
>> do is delete your browsing history and temporary internet files
>> through your browser.
> I took a quick look and the fairfax polling script seems to
> allow only one vote from any internet address - which is a
> common method of reducing multiple voting in online polls.
> There are still various ways a single person can make
> multiple votes - thousands of votes if they are determined.
> There is no easy way to provide quick anonymous online voting
> without this problem.  There is a neologism, "freeping", for
> the skewing of online polls, stemming from a website where it
> is popular:
> There is no reason to believe multiple voting has skewed the Age poll.
> One newspaper report indicated a Morgan poll found 75+% of
> Victorian opposed a 2009 duck season. But its not at all
> surpising that an online poll like this would have different
> resultsa and as Perter says it pretty meaningless.
> Duck hunting was a relatively popular Victorian activitiy.
> In the 1980s there were nearly 100,000 duck hunters.  When I
> took part in anti-hunting protests in NSW in the 80s, hunters
> up from Victoria outnumbered locals about 2-1.  These days I
> believe its more like 20,000 licensed duck hunters in Victoria.
> Andrew
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