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Librarian
07-23-2012, 4:32 PM
Clicks are counted eyeballs, and allow the sites to charge advertisers.

No one takes them seriously, except the advertising departments.

Otherwise, carry on ....

MaHoTex
07-23-2012, 4:35 PM
... but it makes me happy to see them not get the results they are expecting.

Hakoomay
07-23-2012, 5:01 PM
... but it makes me happy to see them not get the results they are expecting.

oh yeah +1

Yugo
07-23-2012, 5:07 PM
they are getting the results that are expected, clicks. :facepalm:

rgs1975
07-23-2012, 5:11 PM
Then why would a poll be removed when the voting goes in a direction the creator doesn't agree with? Even if the votes were against the creators opinion they are still clicks, making them money. It's obvious that those that pull the polls early don't care too much about the click money and care more about the message the poll results send.

Librarian
07-23-2012, 5:33 PM
If that were true, this 2007 USA Today poll would have been taken down - http://www.usatoday.com/news/quickquestion/2007/november/popup5895.htm It has 11 million votes, 97% saying 'yes' to the question "Does the Second Amendment give individuals the right to bear arms?" (even though the purists argue 'No, it protects, does not give.')

We still get folks asking for votes in that poll.

Tripper
07-23-2012, 5:38 PM
ok, in that case
who would 'advertise' as a result
would brady advertise to those 11million viewers, no NRA would.

win

rgs1975
07-23-2012, 6:16 PM
Perhaps the money means more to USAToday and protecting their own point of view means more to those that pull the polls when they go the "wrong" way.

Librarian
07-23-2012, 8:14 PM
Perhaps the money means more to USAToday and protecting their own point of view means more to those that pull the polls when they go the "wrong" way.

Perhaps.

Not being in the newspaper website-poll business, I can't speak to the particular marketing.

But the whole of the mass-communication business is to get folks to see the commercials. Web site polls are a part of that.

wjc
07-23-2012, 10:02 PM
I like to "stick it to the man" any chance I get, Librarian.

Please leave me my little indulgences...

:D

odysseus
07-23-2012, 10:04 PM
BUT IT FEELS SO GOOOOOOD.


...yep, though Librarian's point is true. They get an uptick in hits and web advert gets on the page, with a bonus of a vote click.

hoss_hk
07-23-2012, 10:18 PM
bump