Testing a New Feature

WordPress has just integrated the ability to make polls into its backend, so I thought I might test it out now:

Take Our Poll

So? Like it? Hate it? Want a pony instead?

(Note: No ponies are to be dispensed)

Update: Hmmmm. Not working. Hold on.

Update: Apparently, it works for some people and not for others (including me). I have no idea why, but until the embedding actually works for me, no more polls using this function. Oh, well.

For those of you who, like me, can’t see the actual poll, it’s also here.

58 Comments on “Testing a New Feature”

  1. Wow. I’m good. I swung 100% of the poll!

    If you give me a pony, I’ll vote for your candidate in the election…

  2. I bet I’d love it, if I could see it.

  3. Oh. I see. I was the only one it worked for…voter disenfranchisement and all that. For a moment there, I felt really important :(

    I had to un-no-script both WordPress and Polldaddy, if it’s any help.

  4. You can see a link to the pool in the feed, but nothing here. So, can i have my pony now?

  5. What’s with the backslashes in front of apostrophes? I see options like “I\’d like to turn the page on the economy, please”.

  6. I couldn’t get it to work on mine either. Hopefully it’s just a bug they need to sort out. I so want to be able to do polls!

  7. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang for Best Supporting Hairstyle

    Worked fine for me. Added some levity to seeing my dreams go down in flames….

  8. Just to muddy the waters…

    Keep getting messages saying “Done with errors on page” with the little caution sign icon every time I go to your page. But there are no visible errors.

    I suspect if you tried adding new toys for us to play with the scripts are trying to run the toys and not finding them.

    Using WindowsXP.

  9. I would like the poll better if there was a choice that was a calm reasoned response, rather than fear on one side or nutcasery on the other.

  10. Ryan Boren – Dripping Springs, Texas – #ActuallyAutistic parent and retired tech worker. Equity literate education, respectfully connected parenting, passion-based learning, indie ed-tech, neurodiversity, social model of disability, design for real life, inclusion, open web, open source. he/they

    We’re working on it. The backslashes on the single quotes should be gone and the poll “should” be visible to everyone now. I’m using this post as a test case and everything is looking good now. I’ll watch the comments for any further reports of trouble.

  11. Since I have nothing I’ll get to keep [I’m heading towards homelessness with a cancer diagnosis and recent major traumatic injury], I don’t really care. They say poverty is liberating…

    (please don’t take the wool from my eyes, it’s the only warmth I have)

  12. To answer Marius’ question, in case he really wanted to know, it’s a php issue.

    In some ways of producing text in php, in order to use single and double quotes–which have meaning in php–you have to make a special note that “no, this is really a single quote!” and the powers that be determined that should be with a /

    Does that help, or did you really not want to know?

  13. What does it really mean that the DOW has dropped so much? it means that IT’S ALL ON SALE!!!
    Unless you’re planning on retiring in the next 5-10 years, buy as much as you can while it’s still cheap. This is a prime moment in history for struggling middle class folk (boy, I’d like to be one some day) to get in while the gettings good.
    IF I had a decent amount of liquid assets handy, I’d be taking advantage of the panic and build me up a portfolio.
    Oh well. Hopefully people wont calm down and realize the world isn’t ending before my tax refund shows up.

  14. So to get back to your original question… Not overly averse to the idea, although internet polling is only slightly more accurate than Roman augury; don’t like the implementation (at least as it’s working on my particular XP machine with Firefox 3.0.3). In particular, the questions are running off the bottom of the background, the results are running off the bottom of the background even worse, the results should be sorted in some way (not just in the order of the original choices), the “view results” option should stand out more, if you vote from the top page you should continue to see the results when you go to the individual post page, and the weird green striped bars inlaid in broader constant-length green bars with the choices separating the result bars and the numbers/percentages for each choice inline with the text is among the worst presentation of data possible. (But then, I keep a copy of The Visual Display of Quantitative Information in a place of honor, so I’m kind of touchy about that kind of thing.)

    Aside from that, Mrs. Lincoln loved the play.

  15. I’d vote but the poll is missing “Madonna and Guy Ritchie were married??”

    Not to avoid thinking on the question, really.

  16. Mainly I loaded up on shotgun shells and jerky because I live in SF. We’re ready for the big one. Hahahahahah!

    Also, I’m kinda sorry you didn’t have something about putting more money in. I’ve put more in yesterday and today, and I can’t wait to put even more in. In 5 years I think I’ll be pretty happy I did so.

    If not, well… I have cases of MREs and lots of slugs & 00 buckshot.

  17. @Graeme #37: I live in SF too and I also have stored food etc. 72 hours worth is not enough!

    John, liked the poll.

  18. Worked in FF 3.0.3 — but the rendering was off (last option overlapped the callout box).

  19. Works fine here on my TempComputer(TM), a Mac mini, in FF 3.0.3.

    I’d suggest making sure it’s not one of those polling mechanisms made by VERY STUPID PEOPLE that think that everyone has a unique IP address, though I’ve never seen that cause a poll to simply not show up, that’s generally what’s happened when you see a poll for the first time and it thinks you’ve already voted.

  20. ytimynona – FLORIDA – I'm a big wannabe. Wannabe a truck driver, PotUS, scientist, writer, and teacher. Well, I already am a teacher. :-)

    I can see it perfectly fine on my Mac OSX with Safari
    I like polls muchos grandes, although for this one in particular there’s too many hilarious options for one to win outright, you know.

  21. i like the fact that as i was going through school i was constantly told to set away money for retirement while i was still relatively young
    now that i’m relatively young (25), it looks to me that there’s no real point due to the kind of nonsense that can happen

    i’m gonna buy a couple more guns and go hide in the woods

  22. I’m running Firefox, it worked for me.

    Incidentally, my money’s doing OK. About a year ago I split my minuscule 401k funds between precious metals and tax-exempt municipal bonds. I’m down only 9% so far this year. It could be a LOT worse – had I stayed in the stock fund I started with, I’d have lost 30%.

    But do remember that there has never been a 30-year period where people who have money invested in stocks ended up with a negative rate of return, not even in the Great Depression. So if you’re not retiring in the next 3-5 years, calm yourself.

  23. I was expecting a “whatever” option. That’s what I would have chosen. Also, there didn’t seem to be a “pie” option. And you call this an Internet poll. Pshaw!

  24. Works now for me in firefox.

    hmm, my option isn’t up there. Buy buy buy! Retirement is 40+ years away. Stocks have never been a short term plan for us at least :)

  25. Sold out a month ago. Lost my dividend income, but that sure beats the loss those stocks have taken since. The word now is buy. For the super-cautious, wait till after the election. But there should have been a poll option of “run in circles, scream and wail” which is what most are seeming to do right now.

  26. I joked to my friend a little bit ago that I was thinking of stocking up on ammo and Britta water filters.

    He told me I was too late on the ammo, local sporting goods store can’t keep it on the shelves.

    And I thought: Oops.

  27. JW # 57
    You can always give our local Wal-Mart here in Indiana a call. They stock enough ammo to launch an elephant’s ass to the moon. I wonder if the folks from Bentonville, Arkansas are trying to tell us something…………

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