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by Mike Masnick




American Idol Too Popular For The Phone System?

from the the-idol-effect dept

It appears that Fox is feeling the impact of the "Idol Voting Effect." While perhaps not as well known in techie circles as the "Slashdot Effect" of taking down a website when Slashdot points to you, Fox is trying to talk its way around reports that the company's phone lines couldn't handle the rush of phone calls from folks looking to vote in the latest American Idol TV show. Apparently the problem was caused by jammed local phone lines, rather than long distance phone lines. Also, it sounds like the way around the problem was to just use text messaging - since those appeared to go through without a problem. Either way, when you know you have such a popular event coming up, you would think that the show would make an extra effort to make sure such problems wouldn't occur or come up with simple workarounds in case they do.

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    Justin Walters, 17 May 2004 @ 7:32am

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    Either way, when you know you have such a popular event coming up, you would think that the show would make an extra effort to make sure such problems wouldn't occur
    I'm sure they made an extra effort. Just because you've succumbed to the slashdot effect doesn't mean you didn't try... perhaps they even had a whole team dedicated to avoiding that.
    or come up with simple workarounds in case they do.
    umm... didn't you just mention something about them providing SMS text messaging capabilities?

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    eeyore, 17 May 2004 @ 11:11am

    why

    Why the hell does anybody care enough to watch this show and vote in the first place? So we have another faux-celebrity to ridicule six months from now when their fifteen minutes are used up? Isn't that what Paris Hilton is for?

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      Anonymous Coward, 17 May 2004 @ 11:15am

      Re: why



      oooh, I can't vote for flavor - of - the - month ! My life is as miserable as this show ! Boo hoo

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      • identicon
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    • identicon
      thecaptain, 18 May 2004 @ 5:24am

      Re: why

      I'm with you there.

      I can literally SEE the IQ points leaving the body of my many co-workers who obsess about this show AND survivor.

      Coincidence, they all think that e-voting is a huge, cool thing and when we discuss the inherent problems they don't think its anything to worry about.

      Religion is the opium of the people said Marx...well to me that just means he hadn't seen anything yet...

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