[thelist] Online poll issues

martin.p.burns at uk.pwcglobal.com martin.p.burns at uk.pwcglobal.com
Wed Apr 3 07:32:00 CST 2002

Memo from Martin P Burns of PricewaterhouseCoopers

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Subject:    RE: [thelist] Online poll issues

>I am recently having poll problems for my schools online newspaper.  Is
>there really no way to prevent cheating?

Hi Josh

A couple of questions:

1) How much does it matter if you get multiple responses? If it's just a
fun poll, maybe it's acceptable...
2) Would it be acceptable to require some kind of login (do your users
currently log in to the system at all? NT Credentials are trappable...)

>What about a timing mechanism.

Session-cookie lock-out?
30 minute timeout for each IP?

Neither will absolutely prevent cheating, but both will make it reasonably
inconvenient. Again, it comes down to how much it matters...


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