ElectionVine: Roll Your Own (Poll)

ElectionVine HQ

Host an election on your own site.

Host an election at your Newsvine column.

Adding a new layer on top of the existing features that make Newsvine one of the best places on the web to discuss politics, we're proud to present ElectionVine - a distributed election poll that allows you to host your own election, anywhere around the web in just a few minutes. If you're into influencing, rather than hosting your own election, you'll only have to vote once per month to have your vote carried across every site that you visit that uses ElectionVine, making this one of the simplest, most powerful polling methods available.

ElectionVine is a first of its kind. Installing it is as easy as selecting a few options, then copying and pasting a snippet of code into your site's sidebar. In just a few minutes, you'll begin collecting valuable insight into your readers' opinions during the run-up to the 2008 US Presidential election. How cool is that?!

Customizing ElectionVine for your site involves:

  • Style your ElectionVine module to match your site
  • Choose a candidate to endorse (or leave it blank)
  • Choose to display either your site's results, or all ElectionVine results by default

.... we bet you were expecting more. Nope, it's really that simple!

Running ElectionVine on your column is even easier. Just click customize column and switch the ElectionVine module on. Done!

All ElectionVine data will be aggregated, and available at ElectionVine HQ. There, you can view the Leaderboard in a few different ways - including 'most votes' (for Democrats, Republicans or All), or 'most recent votes'.

ElectionVine HQ will be a great place to see which sites across the web have the most influence when it comes to the race for the White House, and promises to be a grassroots counterbalance to the traditional polls conducted by the mainstream media.

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Ha, brilliant. This could seriously be the biggest thing to hit newsvine since, well, news - at least in terms of publicity and exposure. Seriously, this was a stroke of genius - it's both useful and accessible. Now to play with it. Good work, guys.

  • 9 votes
Reply#1 - Wed Jun 27, 2007 3:44 PM EDT

Sorry to double post but I wanted to let everyone know that I've Dugg this. Go vote for it, let's up the exposure.

  • 7 votes
#1.1 - Wed Jun 27, 2007 3:49 PM EDT

This is definitely pretty neat. Here's hoping it doesn't add more fuel to the tiresome fire that Newsvine has an overwhelming Democratic/Liberal bias.

  • 4 votes
Reply#4 - Wed Jun 27, 2007 4:19 PM EDT

Okay, okay.

Let's not drag this out on this thread. I happen to disagree with you, Bartleby, but this isn't really the place to get into an endless debate about it.

I made a poor attempt at a joke, and I can see it going downhill, so lets just agree to disagree.

  • 6 votes
#4.5 - Wed Jun 27, 2007 4:53 PM EDT

Dennis, thanks. You made laugh.

    #4.8 - Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:27 PM EDT

    "You made me laugh."

    Ugh, you can make ElectionVine but can't grant me an edit button. :P

      #4.10 - Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:30 PM EDT

      It sounds really awesome, but I'll wait until Aine has the ten simple steps to doing a poll, added to the help group topics. *smirk*

      • 4 votes
      Reply#5 - Wed Jun 27, 2007 4:39 PM EDT

      Pamela --

      If Aine describes this in ten simple steps -- she's making it too difficult. All you have to do is go to your "customize column" tab (linked in the article) and turn the module on. You can then edit it if you want to to add your support for a candidate.

      Then, you're done.

      • 2 votes
      #5.1 - Wed Jun 27, 2007 4:56 PM EDT

      I can't believe it, wow! I never trust that something is really that easy for me. Thank you and the NV wizards.

      • 1 vote
      #5.2 - Thu Jun 28, 2007 9:10 AM EDT

      Very spiffy widget! I'll try to keep it on my front page for as long as I can.

        Reply#6 - Wed Jun 27, 2007 4:58 PM EDT

        Thank you, this is up and running on Fulton Free Enterpriser. I even changed votes after I installed it. Those people down in Texas are going to be so proud of my vote for Gore. LOL

        • 1 vote
        Reply#7 - Wed Jun 27, 2007 5:26 PM EDT

        Running ElectionVine on your column is even easier. Just click customize column and switch the ElectionVine module on. Done!

        Just one question. Just set it up but when you do it this way there doesn't seem to be an option for making the background white and the text black as it says is possible on the elections.newsvine page. Can you please add this capability to the module page?


        • 1 vote
        Reply#8 - Wed Jun 27, 2007 5:43 PM EDT

        How does this track individuals, i.e. prevent multiple voting, given that it doesn't require registration and it even works across sites? I clearly doesn't use cookies.

        • 1 vote
        Reply#9 - Wed Jun 27, 2007 6:33 PM EDT

        If we told you we would have to ...

        • 5 votes
        #9.1 - Wed Jun 27, 2007 7:13 PM EDT

        Hm. I can vote for Gore but I can't vote for Bloomberg. Explain??

        • 1 vote
        Reply#10 - Wed Jun 27, 2007 6:34 PM EDT

        yeah, could you please add Bloomberg

        • 1 vote
        #10.1 - Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:59 PM EDT

        Thanks Newsvine for feeding my political addiction :)

        • 1 vote
        Reply#11 - Wed Jun 27, 2007 8:11 PM EDT

        Damn Newsvine Crew, Don't I get a shout out for giving up the group name to newsvine? :P

        • 2 votes
        Reply#12 - Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:07 PM EDT

        Don't leave me hanging Calvin :P

        • 1 vote
        #12.1 - Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:27 AM EDT

        Yes, you do.

        Mr. Andrews here gets a huge nod *violently shakes head, up and down*, for giving up the Electionvine name for his group, recently re-branded Election News.

          #12.2 - Fri Jun 29, 2007 3:44 AM EDT

          :P Thanks :P I was worried some people might have wondered what happened to my group. :)

            #12.3 - Fri Jun 29, 2007 8:34 AM EDT

            Wow, the utter possibilities of this piece of code just hit me, and the view is amazing. The ability to activly become an part of the election process has just been handed to the people. If only we use it correctly...

            • 2 votes
            Reply#13 - Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:59 PM EDT

            I, for one, would like to know what others think would be a proper use of the new utility. I presume to promote and ask people to use it to make their wishes known. Beyond that I wonder what else might be done.

            • 1 vote
            #13.1 - Thu Jun 28, 2007 7:33 AM EDT

            My thoughts are that it gives people the direct opportunity to endorse their candidate (through articles, seeds, blogging, etc.) and see if they are able to change minds of those around them.

            On top of that (assuming it becomes as popular as it could become) it gives staff who monitor how their politician is doing the ability to see exactly what groups/demographics are interested in their candidate. I imagine it catches the "cell phone" crowd that traditional polls do not reach.

            That's what I was thinking :-)

              #13.2 - Thu Jun 28, 2007 8:25 AM EDT

              Totally useless to me!

              Why I am British, but I am interesting to see if news Vine is leaning to the right or left.

              If I place this election thing on my column who the hell will I choose to pole?

              I think within a day or so that question would show me what side the cookie crumbles on the Vine.

                Reply#14 - Thu Jun 28, 2007 7:58 AM EDT

                The point is, this distributed election will tell you what many people think, outside of the Vine. For instance, I'd like to know which candidate Brits would pick, were they allowed to vote in the election. All someone has to do is paste in the snippet of code into a (predominantly) British web site and we'll have a good idea of who they support.

                • 1 vote
                #14.1 - Fri Jun 29, 2007 3:47 AM EDT

                Im so sorry... I have to need more practis that web site and Vine...And also the technoglogy is great. you never catch it :) You are lucky if you have much more time than me...I cant understand the codes well.. But I love to make something to the internet...
                thats my static site turkiyemhost

                  Reply#16 - Wed Oct 31, 2007 2:49 PM EDT

                  So was ElectionVine popular? Enough so that the NV staff is going to update the widget?

                  As of this writing, everyone has dropped out except Clinton, Obama, McCain and Paul. The ElectionVine system should be updated to reflect the change in candidate options.

                  You probably have something prepared for the race post-convention, but why didn't you build the system to account for people dropping out during the primaries?

                  I am just really interested in the data that is being collected and wish that NV's charting of it was as thorough and robust as the mainstream media. In fact NV has the opportunity to express data that the mainstream media doesn't have access too. (Unless MSNBC has a project I am not aware of).

                  • 1 vote
                  Reply#17 - Fri May 9, 2008 1:31 PM EDT
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