something wrong with "hotly contested polls"?

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So the "hotly contested polls" on the right hand side of the polls page has been recycling the same old 20 polls or so for the past two months that I've been paying attention. Judging by the 2014 Cannes film festival one, though, it could be going on for a lot longer than that. Based on what hb said here, it sounds like they should be changing a lot faster, no? Can anyone fill me in on what's going on there? Thanks!
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Laiath,

A "hotly contested poll" is a poll where the top few vote getters are close and also has around 800 or more votes.

There are not many such polls. So, maybe that's why you see same poll again and again.

The following "hotly contested polls" I got after 5 separate page refreshes:

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Hi Laiath,

Thanks for reporting to problem.

I've changed the category to problem so IMDb staff members are more likely to see your report. I will flag this for IMDb staff attention.

As background, hb was a senior IMDb technical staff member on loan from Amazon who helped establish the current version of the IMDb polls back in September 2013. He returned to Amazon June 2015.

It's possible that the FAQ as currently written may be out of date. It's also possible that the hotly contested polls generally do not change frequently.

In the interim, you may wish to check out my version of Hotly contested. I use a different algorithm for computing hotly contested polls.
http://mypollwatch.blogspot.com/2014/02/imdb-polls-descending-order-of.html

I've included the Top 20 Hotly Contested as of 26-May-2017 based upon my algorithm. I generally update my list weekly.

26-May-2017
Vote Friday Face-Off: I could have been a contender!
Vote Who Played Dumbledore Better?
Vote Friday Face-Off: Mike vs. Sulley
Vote Smaug vs. Godzilla
Vote Friday Face-Off : American Actors Vs British Actors
Vote Face-Off: Harrison Ford vs Gary Oldman
Vote Face-Off: Hellboy vs. John Constantine
Vote Face-Off: Arwen vs Galadriel
Vote Friday Face-Off : The Wire VS The Sopranos
Vote Face off : Jennifer Lawrence vs Scarlett Johansson
Vote Face-Off: The Walk vs. Man on Wire
Vote Face-Off: Kevin James Vs. Kevin Hart
Vote Romance face off Drama vs Comedy
Vote Face Off : First, Second or Third Installment?
Vote GG Comparison Widget - Brilliant in Blue
Vote Face-Off: Emma Watson Vs Emma Stone
Vote Friday Face-Off: The Dark Night vs. The Lord of the Rings
Vote Are 'Star Wars' films Fantasy or more Science Fiction?
Vote Friday Face-Off: Buffy Summers vs. Daenerys Targaryen
Vote Face-Off: DiCaprio V De Niro

You may notice that top hotly contested poll in my list is almost dead even:
Face-Off: I could have been a contender!



You may also notice that the top hotly contested polls in my list tend to be face-off polls.
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Dan,

Thank you for sharing this list.

I am little surprised after not seeing the following poll in your list:

Poll: Greatest TV Villains of All Time

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DC,

Using my current algorithm, your poll has a rank of 926. If one simply looked at the ratio of the top two choices, your poll has a rank of 16.

Vote Live Action Amanda Waller
Vote The Faded Stars
Vote
Characters Featured In Empire And Premiere's Best Characters Lists
Vote
Best of C.D. Bales's Joking Insults Better Than "Big Nose"?
Vote
Motto or DIE....
Vote
Girl With Cutest Dimple
Vote
The Independent 1980s
Vote
Oscars 2017 — Best Documentary, Short Subject
Vote
Alternate Storylines for Famous Films - Part IV
Vote
TV shows from the 90s that you'd love to see rebooted
Vote
Friday Face-Off: I could have been a contender!
Vote
Wanted: A New Sheriff
Vote
Who Played Dumbledore Better?
Vote
Don't...Uh...Do Get Emotional
Vote
Friday Face-Off: Mike vs. Sulley
Vote
Greatest TV Villains of All Time
Vote
AFI's Most Quotable Actors of the Last Century...
Vote
Best Dressed Hall of Fame Actors
Vote
Sexy Men in armor
Vote Poll Board Recommendations: The most quotable movie

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Thanks for the help, Dan.  Your algorithm looks legit. I hope it gets picked up by IMDb :)
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I am responsible fo the Cannes 2014 poll, and it is one of the few polls that have been closed. I asked HB when he was around to remove the poll from the hotly contested list since its impossible to keep voting on it, but the algorithm did not allow that. If it is not changed it will be there forever since no new votes are allowed it is impossible to make it less contested.

I find it ironic that my only poll featured in that section is the only one not open for new votes.

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