Firebird Poll Ignites Flames of Passion

Wednesday April 23rd, 2003

The question posed by our last poll was intended to get feedback on 'Firebird', the new name for Phoenix. We got it in buckets. A massive 20,576 people voted — that's over ten times as many as for the new Roadmap poll. The Firebird name is a sensitive issue and we strongly believe that certain parties made concerted efforts to fix the contest. Bearing that in mind, the results of the poll apparently suggest that 30% of voters love the new name, 6% like it, 4% are neutral towards it, 4% don't like it and 12% hate it. 29% of the votes cast were by people who think that should not have picked the same name as the Firebird database and 12% believe that the Mozilla suite should be renamed to Winnebago.

Our next poll will hopefully be less controversial. Tuesday marked the tenth anniversary of NCSA Mosaic, the revolutionary browser that is frequently credited with turbo-charging the growth of the Web. We want to know when you think the best period of post-Mosaic browser innovation took place. Was it immediately after the release of Mosaic, during which a crop of new graphical browsers hit the streets? Was it during in the Browser Wars, when Netscape and Microsoft battled for dominance of the Web? Maybe you think that we're currently in a browser innovation renaissance, with established companies like Apple re-entering the browser market. Let us know what you think and check the up-to-the-second results to follow the poll's progress.

#14 Re: Before this goes any further

by Ded

Thursday April 24th, 2003 4:53 AM

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"After a brief look at our logs, those hits weren't all that unique."

I have'nt any doubts any poll is to some extent corrupted by few irresponsible persons. But I hardly believe there should'nt be many of them. When I placed link to this poll in Russian Firebird Community forum, I warned people not to do this. Note:

a) I don't asked just my friends, they are interested persons. b) I don't asked them at all, just said they _can_ vote if they expect problems to support their customers if there will be two Firebirds on customer's computers.

"So, as the site admin, here's my take: not 20,000, and more than likely not even 2000 people voted in that poll."

Sorry, my English is'nt perfect, what do you want to say - there was less than 2000 unique votes or less than 2000 votes of Mozilla people? If first, I can't beleive you, only our Russian Firebird _users_ community unites about 1000 active members and at least 10 000 lurkers. Even if 20% of us voted (common statistic law 20x80) we already are near 2000 barrier. As far as I know Brasil community is not less numerous, have no exact information about Australian, Europe and USA, just know they exists.

"We really should have pulled it the first day after someone bombed it for votes, but I decided that I'd leave it up, just to show how far some people would go."

My apologies if you wanted to hear own voice only, I erronously thought you want estimate public opinion.

Alexander V.Nevsky.