Jan 02 2010

Whoa! Can AXP readers “Pharyngulate” a poll? Try now!

Via Pharyngula, of course, we learn of this poll that Jen (not ours) has put up over at Blag Hag, asking for votes on “the most influential female atheist of 2009.” And while there are certainly a number of admirable names on that list — Susan Jacoby, Amanda Marcotte, Rebecca Watson, Eugenie Scott — they still must, in the end, lose ignominiously to our very own Tracie Harris & Jen Peeples, who are listed together for some reason, probably so AETV fans won’t have to pick their favorite but most likely because they’re just that awesome! So get your asses over there and spike this one, people. Despite PZ’s plug, the votes have become rather spread out, meaning that regular readers here should be able to muster up the numbers to boost Tracie and Jen, if not into the lead, well up into the top tier where they damn well should be (especially when you delete cookies, refresh the page and vote 20 times)! Stand up and be heard, AETV fans! Fear the mighty mightiness of the Jen & Tracie “Chicks Kick Ass” Power Team!

Addendum, 10:25 AM the next morning: Okay, it now looks like Tracie & Jen have inched past Rebecca Watson to move into the third-place spot, behind Eugenie Scott and Ariane Sherine. Nicely done, gang, but keep them votes a-comin’.


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  1. 1
    Ken Chamberlain

    Doesn't voting 20 times, strike you as immoral?

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  3. 3
    Ken Chamberlain

    Martin: Well, it is, and further more cheapens any possible win by the two.

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    Oh good grief, it's just a blog poll, for pete's sake. It's for fun, that's all! (But if it's any consolation, we have more than enough readers and viewers that our team can win fair and square on proper votes!)Come on, gang. We can kick Greta Christina's ass easy!

  5. 5
    Ken Chamberlain

    Martin: You're right, I'm gonna give em all 20 votes just for the fun of it. Means nothing at all. So much fun! :)

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    In all seriousness, the thing about this poll is that it doesn't matter so much who you vote for or how many times (though of course you should vote for Tracie and Jen, because anything else is just wrong!). What's important about it, and the attention it's getting, is that it's bringing more awareness to the work of women in atheism, and it's probably introducing folks to a lot of names they've never heard before. All the women on the list are awesome in their own way.Seriousness over, now go vote for Jen and Tracie! :-)

  7. 7

    Other than Jen or Tracie, I've only ever heard of Eugene Scott. So I voted for them.

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    Born@night:If it's any consolation, I took Martin's last lines as a joke. I don't think it's really intended to cheat with the votes. I agree there are at least four names on that list that would/could legitimately wallup us. However, I'm just flattered we got a slot. That made my day.

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    JT – have you led that sheltered of an existence? Check the list again. Julia Sweeney should ring a bell. Annie Laurie Gaylor has been at work for over thirty years. Ophelia Benson is a regular in the NYT.Bornatnight1 – multiple voting immoral? Hush your mouth. Here in Chicago on election day, you are reminded to vote early and vote often. We even let the dead vote.

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    These polls intend for people to vote as much as they want as it's judging fan support in terms of both numbers and magnitude of said support.if someone has 500 fans but they're only so-so ramped up about him that they vote only once then they are less influential than the guy who has 300 fans who vote for him once a day.

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    …also if you replace BronatNight1 and Martin with "Sheldon and Leonard" respectively you get an entertaining clip from Bigbang Theory.

  12. 12
    Ken Chamberlain

    @tracieh: I certainly enjoy listening to both you and jen, on atheist experience.

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    Postmaster P.

    @Bornatnight1: What a stick in the mud! You need to seriously lighten up. There's this thing that people have called 'a sense of humour'; You might want to read up on it before getting all crotchety on everyone next time.

  14. 14

    Let's everybody lighten up! While voting for Tracie and Jen, of course.

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    Cafeeine Addicted

    Pharyngula?? After I took the time to post a comment about it yesterday before PZ even had a post up? Well I never! *puts on hat, leaves in a huff mumbling in oldmanese*

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    Ken Chamberlain

    Postmaster P: You're right, I didn't realize the frivolous nature of the whole thing at first. Now I do. Like Martin said, it's for fun, that's all!

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    I love Tracie and Jen, but I had to vote for Ariane Sherine.

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    @GeorgeApparently I have.I've only been atheist for about 5 years, and a theist-atheist mutant for some years before. Before that, I was too young to care.Atheist Experience and Nonprophets tend to be my one-stop shop for Athe-O's.

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    Cafeeine Addicted

    Ophelia Benson 5% (219 votes)Greta Christina 10% (454 votes)Tracie Harris & Jen Peeples 18% (856 votes)Eugenie Scott 16% (754 votes)Ariane Sherine 16% (777 votes)Can we call it pharyngulation if Myers didn't start it?

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    I have Tracie and Jen in first now with 860 votes / 18% :DIt's also handy if you write a Perl script to vote everyone over 9000! …Oh wow, could that last sentence be any more geeky?

  21. 21

    Can we call it pharyngulation if Myers didn't start it?We could say that we "AXPED" it!

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