When Self-Selecting Polls Attack

Sys-Con is running  a poll on “The Top 20 Software People In The World” which is silly but harmless. The funny thing though is that Don Ferguson, head of IBM’s Software Group Architecture Board, has garnered more than 3300 votes so far. Oh, okay, so how many does, say, Alan Turing get? 538. Well, he is dead, so let’s say… Tim Berners-Lee? 266. Roy Fielding: 80. Danny Hillis: 30. Nathan Myrrhvold: 13. (Now that’s just mean). What do you think — memo going around IBM, an intern at their PR firm, or an ill-considered afternoon from a advertising sales rep?