This is a topic that has concerned me and a few other for some time. It's about the way polling is done here on VGC. I believe the polling system as it is now is flawed- and could be improved. An example of this is what transpired in the "Greatest Developer of 2018" competition (not the actual name but best I recollect). The poll was by large tampered with by anonymous voters (lurkers) and it turned out that results were skewed heavily towards a certain platform. This of course in response to an expected result since a large part of the userbase are Nintendo oriented. To see how easy it is to do it without an account, I tried out the TOR browser and not to my surprise I found out it was extremely easy to put a few votes in instead of just one vote.
My suggestion to solve this issue: Make it user ID based.
Why? Because why even let lurkers vote? If a poll like "Game of the year" is meant to be a choice of the VGC community, why should lurkers have a voice in that? Wouldn't you agree that it would actually be an incentive to let lurkers join the site to give them the ability to vote? I just think the polling should be a VGC community activity only.
Thank you for your time and look forward to your input.
Tagging some folk: @Machina @CGI-Quality
I get what you're saying - I just don't agree... :P
Most websites that have polls on their front page, do not restrict those polls to their userbase (eg. https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/ ). These polls are intentionally open in the hopes of perhaps convincing lurkers to register. When you have a "poll of the day" on your front page, your intentionally casting a SUPER wide net and hoping that by getting users to interact with your webpage, they'll be inclined to sign-up. In our case, the poll is tied to IP address. And yeah, if you want to screw around with Tor browsers and VPNs so you can switch IP addresses - great, good for you. But really, are you that desperate to swing the results of a freakin' online (NON-SCIENTIFIC!!!) poll by wasting so much time?!?!?!?
Second (and more to the point) - if you really want to get "community only" input, then all you need to do is create your OWN poll here in the forums. Polls that are created in threads are, in fact, tied to userid - if you are not logged in, you don't get to vote. But is this really scientific, either??? What's to stop somebody from creating multiple accounts and registering votes under those different accounts, in order to sway results???
The bottom line is, NO ONLINE POLL ON ANY UNIVERSE is going to be 100% accurate and invulnerable to influence from some desperate and determined user(s). It's all just intended for fun, anyway... :)