Senior Superlatives: What we learned about voting

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Now that the results of the Class of 2015’s Senior Superlatives are posted, we at BlogDailyHerald wanted to explain to our readers, particularly those who voted, some of the issues we encountered and our plans for next year’s superlative voting.

We’re happy to be able to provide the seniors with this opportunity to celebrate their class, and get a little bit high school right before graduating from college. However, because this is only our second year of producing Senior Superlatives, our voting method is still a work in progress.

It all started when we received an email from a concerned student that pointed out one poll had over 700 votes more than any other category, and that the increase had happened “suddenly.” We forwarded the email to our webmaster, who did some investigative tech work, and let us know that in the course of about 19 minutes, approximately 120 votes were submitted from “such exotic locations as Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, Ukraine, Luxembourg.”

Considering that the first was dissolved in 1993 with the fall of the Soviet Union, the edit board here at Blog was pretty confused as to wtf was going on. Our webmaster confirmed that “the IPs from which said votes were submitted [were] all identified TOR nodes” and that someone used a proxy server to submit extra votes. This was true for multiple nominees in the category.

There’s no way of knowing who, and it is not our intention to point blame towards any nominee or student at Brown. Hopefully, next year we can avoid this sort of issue — which resulted in the category being thrown out — by ensuring that all votes must come from a brown.edu email address.

We wrote on the 2015 voting post that “everyone with a Brown email — freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, professors, their pets — is eligible to vote.” As evidenced by the above fiasco, this was inaccurate. The reality is anyone who went to our webpage from their own IP address could vote once.

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Class of 2015 Senior Superlatives: Voting

Last week, we presented our second annual Senior Superlatives. You nominated seniors across 30 different categories. Your job now? Vote for one of the top five nominees in each category!

Remember everyone with a Brown email —freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, professors, their pets – is eligible to vote. Vote now (after the jump) or forever hold your peace. Voting will close Sunday, February 1st at 11:59 p.m.

Please note: due to a spam-protection feature of our polling system, any one IP address can only submit one round of votes. This means that seniors who live off-campus and share WiFi networks with their housemates may find that the site suggests they have already voted when they have not; please vote either from your phones or through Brown WiFi if you encounter this problem. Email us at blog@browndailyherald.com if you continue to have issues voting.

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BlogDH Presents: Senior Superlatives 2014-2015

It’s back! Just like last year, BlogDailyHerald is proud to be collaborating with the Senior Class Board to bring you this year’s Senior Superlatives poll. We want to celebrate the members of the Brown Class of 2015 by acknowledging their smarts, quirks, or potential to become the world’s next viral reality star. Here’s how it works:

Anyone with a Brown email address can vote, which means that all students and faculty members are eligible to nominate members of the senior class.

You can:
1) Nominate seniors in 30 different categories. Nominations will close on  Monday, January 26 at 11:59 p.m.

Then, you can:
2) Vote for one of the top five nominees in each category. Voting will close Sunday, February 1 at 11:59p.m.

The results will then be posted in the following week here on BlogDailyHerald. So what now? Nominate seniors across 30 categories in a Google Form after the jump!

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Class of 2014 Senior Superlatives: Results

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You nominated seniors. You voted—not to mention on various devices and with multiple IP addresses—until the polls physically couldn’t withstand the force of the collective Brunonian community. The power was in your hands: the competition was fierce, voting came down to the wire, and those who came out alive are here to tell the tale. Let all who are curious come and read, as this is the story of the Class of 2014 that will live for eternity in the depths of the Interwebz only to be uncovered by future generations. It’s time to meet the Class of 2014 Senior Superlatives. Continue Reading


Class of 2014 Senior Superlatives: Voting

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Earlier this week, we presented our first annual Senior Superlatives. You nominated seniors across 30 different categories. Your job now? Vote for one of the top five nominees in each category.

Everyone—freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, professors, their pets, your parents (well, maybe not your parents)—is eligible to vote.  Vote now (after the jump) or forever hold your peace. Voting will close Monday, December 9 at 11:59 p.m.

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Class of 2014 Senior Superlatives: Nominations

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While we know the picture above is absolutely terrifying, we can take comfort in the fact that our stroll through Van Wickle Gates isn’t quite on the horizon… yet. In the meantime, we want to celebrate the incredible members of the Class of 2014 and focus on what makes them special—like their inability to suppress the urge to friend every single member of the Brown Class of 2014 Admitted Students Facebook group, or their tendency to be at the GCB at any given moment.

TL;DR: We’re thrilled to present BlogDailyHerald’s first-ever Senior Superlatives. Here’s how it works:

Anyone with a Brown email address is eligible to vote. This means all students and faculty are allowed to nominate members of the senior class.

You’ll 1) nominate seniors in 30 different categories. Nominations will close on Friday, December 6 at 11:59 p.m.
You’ll then 2) vote for one of the top five nominees in each category. Voting will close Monday, December 9 at 11:59 p.m.

Your job now: Nominate seniors across 30 categories in a Google Form after the jump. Ready, set, go!

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