This reminds me of a incident relating to the Doonesbury cartoon strip.
Trudeau (creator of the strip) sought input from readers as to where Alex
> Doonesbury should attend college in a May 15, 2006, straw poll at
> Doonesbury.com. Voters chose among MIT <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIT>
> , Rensselaer
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rensselaer_Polytechnic_Institute>, and
> Cornell <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornell_University>. Students from
> Rensselaer and then MIT hacked the system, which was designed to limit each
> computer to one vote. In the end, voters logged 175,000 votes, with MIT
> grabbing 48% of the total. The Doonesbury Town Hall FAQ stated that given
> that the rules of the poll had not ruled out such methods, "the will,
> chutzpah, and bodacious craft of the voting public will be respected,"
> declaring that Alex will be attending MIT.
I think the NZ birders had ruled out such innovative practices.
On 21 October 2017 at 13:24, Laurie Knight <> wrote:
> See: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/21/kea-
> At the moment the Kea, Kereru and Kakapo are at the head of the
> leaderboard, and the Takapu [Gannet], Papango [Scaup], and Pipiwharauroa
> [Shining Cuckoo] are at the tail.
> See https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/
> The question is whether the Night Parrot would win an Aus bird of the year
> contest in 2017?
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