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Re: KidCast Voting Site Development

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Posted by Sandra Henry-Stocker on April 09, 1999 at 05:47:51:

In Reply to: posted by CCafe on February 24, 1999 at 12:16:56:

Peter --

I have a prototype of the voting page up that has 6 image frames, each
with a corresponding "Vote for me!" yes/no and submit button. Once a
visitor submits his yes/no vote, a "Thank you for voting!" message and
count of yes votes for the image are displayed.

I'll move this soon to someplace where you can look at it.

FYI: Yes votes count only if they are unique. If someone votes yes
repeatedly, it doesn't affect the count. This is because I am captur-
ing the IP address of the visitor's system along with the vote. This
isn't thoroughly reliable since IP addresses are often assigned at the
time of the connection. The next time a person visits, provided they
get a different IP address (highly likely), they can vote again. This
beats asking them to provide identifying information -- which would
still be hard to verify anyway. By the way, votes are also emailed to
me to provide both backup and verification of the counts.

Of course, this is only the "easy" part. Now, we have to worry about
the process of receiving, tagging (with name and age of submitter) and
inserting images into these frames in a fairly automated fashion. If
I can do that here (on my system) and then upload these pages to your
site, I will have some hope of control.

I still know nothing about the size and format of submissions. Please
be sure to specify something. The gif files I've been "playing" with
can be resized with html commands. I will determine whether the same
is true of jpeg files. Also, the frames that I am using are scrollable.
If an image is too big, it gets scroll bars. Obviously, this isn't the
ideal way to look at a picture and get the right effect.

I envy you your evenings on Maui. I lived on Oahu for about 3 years as
a kid and won a 1-week vacation ~6 years ago. I hope it is a beautiful
place for you to be.


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