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January Caption Contest: Break the tie

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Naomi Price
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re: January Caption Contest: Break the tie
Naomi Price   2/14/2012 7:24:09 PM
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OK, back to Google Docs we go. I like David's idea of narrowing down to 10%. Anyone volunteering to help choose the top 9 for January so we can really get this vote underway? Send me an email at naomi.price@ubm.com with your top 9 pics and I'll have the form ready by Friday's newsletter.

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Robotics Developer   2/14/2012 6:19:26 PM
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I am not a fan of yet another site to go to and log into.. I can not keep track of all the sites/usernames/passwords (even with Firefox help)! I would "vote" for keeping it the same (please).

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phoenixdave   2/13/2012 3:25:20 PM
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Naomi...I applaud your efforts, but either reddit is just not ready for "primetime" or many of us have become too accustomed to the easy user interfaces in our lives. I personally am not in favor of keeping it in it's present form. Other opinions?

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re: January Caption Contest: Break the tie
Naomi Price   2/13/2012 2:19:50 PM
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Well, we've gotten a few votes and someone added a new caption to the list, so some progress has been made. Though from what you've said it sounds like the votes may not be very accurate. Is anyone in favor of sticking with reddit?

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David Ashton   2/12/2012 10:02:17 PM
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I tried to access it on my work PC this am, but I just get a text page. My work PC has "issues" but everything else seemed ok, so not sure if this is the PC or the page. Will try again tonight.

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phoenixdave   2/12/2012 5:05:12 PM
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David...I got the same thing, although not really sure what that means??? I believe I was able to register a vote per Naomi's instructions above... I think...

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David Ashton   2/12/2012 4:35:57 AM
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Well when I click on the up arrow next to yours, Dave, the number beside it goes from 1 to 2. If I click it again it goes back to 1. I just got in again and your number is a different colour, so I think it remembers me. What does it do for you?

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re: January Caption Contest: Break the tie
phoenixdave   2/12/2012 12:45:58 AM
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Sorry, nothing I do seems to work correctly to allow me to vote....figures...(my first time in the top five)...:-(

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re: January Caption Contest: Break the tie
David Ashton   2/11/2012 10:50:48 PM
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Oops...just saw your instructions on how to vote. But when I logged in IO got taken to a different page, and when I clicked back to get back to the EET page I think it logged me out again, so I couldn't use the arrows....aaarghhh!!

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re: January Caption Contest: Break the tie
David Ashton   2/11/2012 10:44:56 PM
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Hmmmm... a bit clunky Naomi, and I'd tend to agree with Wireman. I got to the page and when I logged in it took me back to a different page. How do you actually vote? When I clicked on a caption it took me to making a comment.... Also, I think you'd have to put all the captions in every month, I'm not enough of an egotist to put my own ones in. I think you're going to have to get on to those web programmers of yours. I hate criticising without being constructive, so.... interim suggestion: select 10% of the captions at the end of every month and submit those to a vote as usual. So for January there are 90 captions, so vote on your panel's top 9. Bit more choice than 5. For December where you got 207 captions, put out 20 for voting. Another suggestion to avoid the programmers... get a panel of readers and EE staff (you could basically have whoever wants to do it, not limited to any number) who submit their list of their top 10% of the captions. You then add together the votes from those readers and select the top captions from that list, the number being 10% of the total number of captions. So in a field of 120 captions, your panel would pick 12 each, and you'd wind up with a list of 30 or 40 probably. Arrange those by number of votes and pick the top 12 of them, and get the readers to vote on them as usual. I guess this is basically what you're doing at the moment but your panel size would be far larger (hence, hopefully, more democratic)?

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