This month’s Artist Of The Month poll on MSN started out as a five-way battle between Avril Lavigne, Patti Smith, Nine Inch Nails, The Bravery, and Pam Tillis; somehow, The Bravery pulled into the top slot. Fishy? Sure. But while we’d be content to just roll our eyes at yet another Internet poll of no consequence, Web-enabled Nine Inch Nails fans are rising up and re-engineering the poll–literally. In response to what they percieved as Geffen’s rigging of the results, the nerd squad over at Digg and some other code geeks have crafted some Reznor-friendly bots who can vote multiple times, making the results somewhat hilarious:
1. Avril Lavigne 1%
2. Nine Inch Nails -6%
3. Pam Tillis 0%
4. The Bravery -14%
5. Patti Smith 0%
108385921 responses, not scientifically valid, results updated every minute.
Talk about “not scientifically valid”–do any of you math types out there even know how to calculate negative six percent of 108 million? Also, if Lavigne pulls it out, wouldn’t this be the first time that a plurality in a five-way race can be claimed with 1% of the vote?