Senior Superlatives: What we learned about voting


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 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 if you continue to have issues voting.

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Class of 2014 Senior Superlatives: Voting


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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Time-waster of the day: October 28, 2010

Need an excuse for not voting in Tuesday’s midterm elections? Check What’s my fucking excuse for not voting?, a refreshable page of ridiculous, no, awesome excuses for not exercising your rights of citizenship.

Now we’ll go back to looking at paparazzi photos of Kim Kardashian’s cellulite.

Psst… Obama said you’re lazy

Original image courtesy of Marc Nozell

Obama wants you…
to get off your ass and vote in the midterm elections!

In a conference call with student journalists (that must have been fun for him), Obama asked young people to be engaged in the midterms (not the exams) and warned of potential policy reversals if young voters stay home. With many analysts predicting Democrats may be in trouble come November, the GQPOTUS has been traveling the country to rouse support for the party. Now he’s turning back to his bread and butter, the demographic that won him the election — us.

So do as your GQPOTUS says. Request your absentee ballots before it’s too late.

Of course all his promotion ignores the possibility you’ll vote for someone other than a Democrat…. But any engagement is good engagement, right?