September 8, 2011
OK, I get it. It's not a scientific poll. It's not even a traditional poll, but that's the way we wanted it. We wanted anyone who wanted to be able to vote for these great athletes. Heck, if we're being honest, this isn't about what they did on the field; it comes down school pride, or GISA verses GHSA or AA verses AAAA or whatever.
And yet, people would rather cheat.
There is no prize for winning this poll.
No cash, no scholarship, no free gas card (although that may be a suggestion for the future, I don't know). So to go to the extra effort to set up a mechanism to cheat on this poll makes no sense.
And yet, at some point this week some tech-savvy person installed automated voting-bots onto this poll, to inflate the numbers at a pace that wasn't humanly possible.
Please people. Join with me and the rest of the staff at the Albany Herald in helping to make interactive features like this a fun and engaging experience. I know we have issues and bugs with the site and we appreciate your feedback and comments because they help us identify and fix those problems (like that dad-blasted corner peel ad).
Unfortunately, we've had to implement new security safeguards to protect against those type of bots. That means you'll have to register to be able to vote and will be limited to voting once per hour from the same computer.
Thanks for your patience and your continued participation. You people are the reason we do this, (the honest ones).