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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.

Categories: 2008 elections, Silliness
  1. October 24, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    I see that other candidates linked to this poll too. I suppose it means that more web sites are enthusiastic about Ron Paul than others if he had more links. SO… If links were a poll too, then Ron Paul wins agian.

    You may think that having blogs link to polls is a bad thing, but you should see it for what it is, more people talking on more sites and energizing more people to vote.

    This is how elections work, more people talking to more people about a candidate and energizing them to vote. Organizing is not a bad thing in an election and as the vast majority of straw polls and meetup groups confirm, Ron Paul’s support is real.

    Also consider that the poll asked ‘who is the most conservative?’. Many many people support Ron Paul because of this issue alone. His is a very fiscaly responsible candidate, both in his voting record and in his handling of his campaign funds. This question is a no brainer for anyone who knows anything about Ron Paul vs the other candidates, on either side.

    I am not sure if the debate over ‘own’ and ‘pwn’ holds any relevance as it could have been a misspelling. It would be nice if the text wigits on blog sites had spell checkers built in but they don’t.

  2. October 24, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    Oh please. These online polls are constantly gamed by sites who get an energetic mass of people to vote one way. It says nothing about Paul’s campaign other than the poll was small enough and the forums and blogs linking to it had enough people who care about this sort of thing to tip it to one side. It’s an amusement that shouldn’t be taken that seriously.

    It’s nice that you feel like proselytizing for Paul, but it’s a lost cause. He’s a neo-confederate racist who doesn’t believe in the separation of church and state and wants to dismantle the federal government. No thanks.

    My comment about the definition of “pwn” seems to have gone completely over your head.

  3. October 25, 2007 at 8:23 am

    Any poll where people select themselves to respond is worthless. They are not to be taken seriously.

    Reminds me of these call-in or text message TV polls where people actually spend fifty cents or a buck to cast a vote – what I don’t understand is that there is always a small percentage of the vote that is “No opinion”. Spending fifty cents to cast a “no opinion” vote?

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