Is it moral to vote out of state repeatedly in order to stack a pole to get a secular result?
Interesting discussion -
The pole isn't particularly important in the bigger scheme of things - and it would seem that repeated voting isn't illegal - the site is perhaps designed - like most things in our society - to be an honesty based system.
The organisers would perhaps organise a different way to do it - but perhaps it isn't an issue to vote repeatedly. If it was there would be some way of registration or cookies - which there doesn't seem to be.
It could be set up like big brother or other reality tv voting systems where you can vote as many times as you wish.
Why get all 'holier than thou' about it?
I think we need to use our rational thinking in this case - go through the facts of the case, before condemning others of immoral actions. What's wrong with some reasoning - rather than public shaming?
I'm for the Naturalistic attitude of compassion due to our deterministic universe.
Great discussion. Sometimes, there is NO need to have a "side". This is not an athiest or other belief situation. It is a pure matter of right vs. wrong, and I take it from some posters, justifications of why its ok to do different than what was setup. The world at large has laws, rules basically for the world to get along. I do not like many things attached to a law/rule, but must abide by them. Again, this has nothing to do with stated belief systems. Speed limits were designed for safety, although I like to go faster, a penalty will be paid if I do not follow the limit, like it or not. We can see right thru the underhanded sneaky double talk. Richard is not worked up, he is rather intelligence (and compassionate LOL) in logical/rational replies. Also the truth. Truth does not hurt, its the disclosure of it....
voting as many times as you wish is a violation.
Except the site explicitly says:
Visit this page daily from now through August 8 to vote for your favorite from among six new designs.
limited time, few real arguments. If you are not from Ohio, it doesn't matter how many you may like or disagree with on a given day. Most of your arguments boil down to justification in a matter that could be resolved in a way that does not require an unethical action.
If you disagree with the Ohio situation, and live in Ohio, there are many ways you may attempt action without compromising your ethics, or you can cheat and game the system, as was originally suggested.
Gaming this system is not outside my ethical system, for if any system placed upon us leads, through tyranny of the majority, to unethical actions that break the laws of the land, then its rules are unjust. Following unjust rules makes me no more ethical than not.
You keep saying I'm compromising my ethics, but I'm telling you I don't see it that way. I'd rather not just call it an impasse', but you seem stuck on following the rules for the sake of the rules here, and I'm not sure why. You've clearly stated elsewhere that you understand that sometimes it is more ethical to break rules than follow them. I take it then, in this case you disagree with breaking rules for the sake of the public and my own personal ethics?
Sorry, didn't see this discussion before I commented on the main thread. This was my thoughts.
Whoever started the whole process obviously meant for out of staters to vote. It's like a porn company going online getting people to click the box marked "I'm over 18". They know darn well who's watching their stuff.
If they wanted ONLY people from Ohio to vote they knew darn well how to make sure only Ohio residents vote. This would be the only way to get people from outside of state to vote, yet wash their hands of legal responsibility.
Further more, there is only one reason they do online polls such as this...to make it look more popular than it is. Idol shows love to brag how 10s of million people vote, when in reality only a fraction do. In this case, being that the states is such a strong christian nation, the people who set this all up are expecting christians from all over the nation to vote, so they in turn can brag "see how we're such good christians here in Ohio?" It's the nature of and how online popularity voting works.
And as far as the "honour system" goes...on the internet? Do you really think anyone (including the ones who proposed this) really thinks that would be a possibility? Just being realistic...
There has been lots of claims this way and that - it would be interesting to know the facts of the case.
Richard claims that the facts are that this is a closed pole for only those living in the state and that they only are allowed 1 vote each.
Whereas it is possible for anyone to vote on the pole from around the world - put any number into the zip code box and vote as many times as they wish without deleting cookies or restarting their computer.
So what is the 'ethical' thing to do?
Are all players doing the same?
Are there a bunch of religious folk who are 'stacking' the vote towards the leading sticker with the word - god - on the sticker?
Richard I wonder if you are going to get off your high horse and treat me like an equal?
I cannot help but notice you either cannot, or will not address the points I raise, so you tell me to get off my high horse. More demagoguery, not the least to the point.
I'm responding to your words. If you feel we are equals, and yet you see I don't believe you are being ethical, nor using true reason, why would you think I believe we 'are' equals?
Just a thought. Please don't answer in haste and anger, but consider what I've written. I'm surprised that so many feel ethics are so easy to eliminate, yet they feel they are ethical people. By what measure that anyone else could easily identify?