Announcing a New Poll . . . But First!
There’s a baby on my horizon. A big beautiful time-consuming baby (helloooo, new blogging thrice a week schedule). With that in mind it’s time for . . .
YET ANOTHER FUSE #8 PRODUCTION POLL!!!
Yeah. I’m not sure exactly when I will have said poll what with the aforementioned Bird spawn, but it’s going to be in 2011, you bet. And I’m going to keep the nature of the poll a secret for now. In the past we had the Top 100 Picture Books Poll and the Top 100 Children’s Novels Poll (which lost ALL its images when we moved to a new site, consarn it). I’m not a YA person so we’ll eschew a Top 100 Young Adult Novels Poll for now (Persnickety Snark, amongst some others, already covered that territory more than adequately anyway). So what will it be? It’ll be good, you bet. But more on that later.
For now, I need your help, citizens of the world. Here is how a typical poll has worked the last two times:
- Betsy announces poll.
- Betsy receives votes from one to ten in the order of a person’s preference, with their number one choice getting 10 points, their number two choice getting 9, etc.
- Betsy then systematically calculates each one of these numbers onto a spreadsheet, eating up sheer hours of time that could be better spent rewatching old episodes of The Good Neighbors (also known as The Good Life to you Brits out there).
I think it is time for the madness to end. How? One little word: Algorithm. Is there any way for someone to create an Excel or similar spreadsheet algorithm wherein the poll’s creator plugs in the data and the spreadsheet calculates the points? I have no idea. Spreadsheets aren’t really my thing, but my faith in them (as of right now) is extreme.
So I appeal to you, oh readers who are cleverer than I. Does anyone know of such a program? Or, better yet, how to create one? Once we get that little detail down the poll will officially begin. Stay tuned . . .
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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