Hacking Online Polls

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Subject: Hacking Online Polls
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2009 20:36:54 +1100
I don't think Carl or anyone else was suggesting that anyone should hack the duck hunting poll on The Age website! What we're saying is that online polls are fraught with problems - even those that are scripted to disallow a second vote from the same computer can be hacked by anyone with scripting knowledge. One way of making these polls a little more verifiable is requiring every voter to leave a name and comment - at least that makes it difficult to generate multiple votes from one source, though not impossible.

I maintain my original belief that the poll result was hacked to give a high pro-hunting vote. But the hunting lobby could just as easily claim that the 40% of anti-hunting votes were hacked and that there is a far smaller voice against duck hunting. Who knows?

Russell Woodford

Birding-Aus List Owner

Geelong   Victoria   Australia


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