# Poll

Why I Love Pipedot

## Preview

### vote system (Score: 1)

#### by Anonymous Coward on 2015-08-24 06:23 (#J8ZQ)

i still don't get this voting system; you get how many points? is it even-distribution? is it by-order? i'm sure its simple, and im just being stupid, but i'm missing something, and there are no tips.

Personally, i'd prefer, 'pick 3 you find most important', or simliar - less effort required to get in on the vote.

### Re: vote system (Score: 3, Informative)

#### by zafiro17@pipedot.org on 2015-08-24 07:06 (#J92H)

That works too, I think: just assign 1, 2, 3 and leave the rest blank. You don't get points, exactly. I was the first to submit my opinion and my first choice immediately rocketed forward with 55 points or something large like that. Wikipedia has a decent article on Borda polls. It's essentially just rank order. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borda_count

### Re: vote system (Score: 2, Interesting)

#### by zafiro17@pipedot.org on 2015-08-26 07:55 (#JFW9)

Just looked into the math, and had a flashback to when I was 17. So if you have N choices, your top pick gets (N) points, second pick gets (N-1), third gets (N-2), etc. The total number of points possible is the sum of all consecutive from 1 to N, which is equal to: [N*(N+1)]/2. For a poll with ten options, a total of 55 points are distributed (10*11)/2 = 55.

Not sure how it works if you don't assign a choice to each of the ten options, but the fact that the current total of points, 677, isn't divisible by 55 evenly says to me borda polls must only assign a total number of points equivalent to the sum of N, even if N is less than the total number of options.

Yay, math. My brain hasn't totally atrophied (although it seems well on its way).

## Moderation

Time Reason Points Voter
2015-09-11 00:18 Interesting +1 pete@pipedot.org

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