February 13, 2004

Comment section shut down

I've temporarily removed the comment section on textually.org due to an unbearable amount of spam and the misdirection of SMS votes from the Lebanese version of "American Idol", called Star Academy.

The thousands of misdirected votes in Arabic that landed in month-old posts in textually was treated - you can imagine - wtih great indiference by the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation whom I spoke with on several occasions and who never got back to me.

Which brings to mind, if anyone cares, that the voting for "Star Academy" in Lebanon is obviously askew and the public is being mislead.

And more importantly could this sort of thing happen with electoral voting? How reliable is e-voting?

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