You've…had someone take unauthorized control!
OneNewsNow had a poll asking which GOP candidate was the true conservative candidate in the race. Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul dominated, each of whom nearly quintupled the rest of the candidates. That, however, is not the most interesting part. The disclaimer at the bottom is:
NOTE: Websites supporting the following candidates linked directly to our homepage during the roughly 24-hour period this poll was active, encouraging their supporters to vote in the poll: Ron Paul (1,116 referrals), Mike Huckabee (154), Fred Thompson (151), Duncan Hunter (29). In addition, numerous blogs apparently did the same, although we were unable to determine their affiliation. One particular website — RonPaulForums.com — carried the message: “time to pwn a poll at a christian right’s newsite” and directed supporters to the poll. “Pwn” — a misspelling of “own” — is a term originating from the gaming world, meaning basically “to take unauthorized control of.”
Sounds a little like they’re claiming the polls was hacked, doesn’t it? Especially when, if you look at the Wikipedia entry on pwn (yes, there’s a Wikipedia entry for everything), they’re using the older hacker definition explained in the etymology section, rather than the correct one (in this context) in the opening paragraph.
I’m chalking this up to the combination of old people and technology, but it’s still amusing.
I guess this means Huckabee is considered the conservative candidate in the race by the type of people who are aware of OneNewsNow by an impressive margin. Also, fundamentalists don’t know what pwn means and Ron Paul supporters do. Valuable lessons.