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.

#4 Before this goes any further

by kerz <>

Thursday April 24th, 2003 2:34 AM

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We have about 7000 members. Perhaps a bit more, perhaps a bit less. I estimate that at most, 2000 of those members are active. That leaves roughly 18000 votes unaccounted for. After a brief look at our logs, those hits weren't all that unique. So, as the site admin, here's my take: not 20,000, and more than likely not even 2000 people voted in that poll. There was an overwhelming majority in favor of the name before a certain DB site suggested people sign up and vote, and within hours the results had changed. Is the poll in any way accurate? I know it isn't. 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. So please, don't try and use this as some sort of "signal" from some silent majority, because it's not. The only thing it shows is that people will stop at nothing to make sure they appear to be right.