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Allison, I wasn’t calling you personally an indie elitest, rather I was saying anyone who fit that criterion could constitute one.

All of you who disagree with me use the same line of reasoning: "…but it sucks!" Indeed it does. Morisette sucks. Limp Bizkit sucks. N’Sync sucks. Britney Spears sucks (quite literally).

The problem is, "sucks" is such an opinionated rating. Lots of people like Limp Bizkit, Spears, Morisette. That doesn’t mean I should like them – people have different opinions.

And that’s at the heart of why I feel sales figures are of some value when it comes to doing polls. I know what I like, and one can reasonably assume it will be represented in the poll, but what of others?

There is a possiblity that some precentage of my polling audience (the members of the freakscene board) may have liked the album. Math will tell you that. And so, I put aside personal predjudices and put selections such as Morisette on the poll – because they fit the criterion (alt album) and it was fairly popular to the general public.

Now, the issue at hand is whether what is popular to the mainstream alt audience (as opposed to a super 733+ indie crowd) will be popular to all indie/alt fans. Probably not entirely uy alluded to that in his querie . However, who am I to presume what they will like? This would once again be clouded by my personal like/dislike for artist/records.

Now you all see why polling is so difficult. We would have to spend literally hours rewritting the question, choices, taking samples to see what should be possible choices and so forth – more time and effort then this poster is will to spend.

So, in conclusion, polls are jaded, oh so jaded. I just choose to try and jade mine away from personal vendettas and towards populist thinking. Not a very indie/alt thing to do, but it’s just how I do it.

[God, I’d love to see what resident philosopher dimplefmoser has to say about this discussion.]

P.S. RoRock, don’t worry – you’ll know when it’s an actual fight instead of just a bull session. [img]images/smiles/converted/wink.gif[/img] [img]images/smiles/converted/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]images/smiles/converted/smile.gif[/img]