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Posted by: Paintybeard What is Going On?
Posted on: 08/01/2019 09:41:58

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Posted by: Paintybeard
Total Posts: 347
Joined Date: Monday, 4 February 2013

Something completely bananas is going on in this months book vote. I'd certainly be interested in a book on Polish Warships of WW2, but I don't believe in a 60% vote for it. Especially as most of that vote seems to have happened in the past 2 days. We've all had our suspicions about multiple voting on this feature, but this is getting ridiculous.

Posted on: 08/01/2019 09:41:59
Posted by: PAUL W
Total Posts: 259
Joined Date: Sunday, 4 January 2015

I agree, very fishy! I voted for Spanish civil war boats, which was in second, however looking today it's well into third. I thought venetian ships had it in the bag last week. 

Posted on: 08/01/2019 11:06:07
Posted by: KenA
Total Posts: 113
Joined Date: Tuesday, 15 October 2013

It’s pretty obvious that the culprits haven’t given much thought to it all before embarking on their vote raid.  Not only are the results of their raid very obvious but they don’t seem to have given much thought to the desired outcome, unless that outcome was just to mess up the January vote.  If they wanted Polish Warships to win the vote and get published, then I think they may have miscalculated.  Osprey is going to have to discount the support that title gets in the vote (you should not reward cheating).  This is a real shame because those who want that title published (and voted accordingly and honestly) probably now won’t get to see it published (at least, not in the near future) and that will be down largely to the thoughtless actions of a dishonest few.

Posted on: 08/01/2019 12:32:42
Posted by: Emily @ Osprey
Total Posts: 16
Joined Date: Friday, 2 December 2016

Hi all,

 
Having had a look into this it seems that Polish Warships of WWII received a huge amount of interest on social media yesterday which has prompted a lot of traffic to the site and with it a high number of votes for this title. We have no reason to believe that these votes are dishonest so we won't be discounting the title but will certainly take these exceptional circumstances into consideration when reviewing the final results. 
 
As is the case in all our book votes, we look at the results as a whole to see where interest lies. If a book gets lots of votes we don't discount it altogether just because it didn't win.
 
Thanks,

Emily @ Osprey
Posted on: 08/01/2019 14:18:39
Posted by: GI Gene
Total Posts: 59
Joined Date: Saturday, 7 February 2009

Hi Emily,

Do you guys have a way of knowing the country and/or geographic area each vote comes from?

 

Posted on: 08/01/2019 16:45:38
Posted by: Paintybeard
Total Posts: 347
Joined Date: Monday, 4 February 2013

67% and still climbing.

Can it really be the case that the entire population of Warsaw have suddenly decided that they MUST have this book published?

Posted on: 09/01/2019 05:28:18
Posted by: KenA
Total Posts: 113
Joined Date: Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Can’t wait until the next book vote involving an option of a China related title.  With Emily giving the nod to social media involvement it could be all ‘GO’ and we could end up with a China option in a monthly vote receiving almost 100 percent of the vote (though language might be a problem).  Wouldn’t that be something?  It would rather defeat the purpose of the book vote, but then Osprey doesn’t seem to mind.

What effect this sort of voting behaviour will have on Osprey publications we’ll just have to wait and see.  A judgement call will need to be made on whether the votes cast really indicate a true intention to purchase the title if and when published because most of these votes will not be from Osprey’s usual readership.

Posted on: 09/01/2019 21:39:00
Posted by: Paintybeard
Total Posts: 347
Joined Date: Monday, 4 February 2013

Perhaps Osprey should be commissioned to re-run the Brexit vote. It looks like we would get a very clear and utterly reliable result.   Wink

Posted on: 10/01/2019 08:40:25
Posted by: Tom @ Osprey
Total Posts: 6
Joined Date: Monday, 2 November 2015

Hi all,

 

As Emily has said, we’ll bear in mind that the other titles haven’t had the benefit of a social media campaign, while also very much welcoming the enthusiasm for Polish Warships. The more global our readership is, the bigger and more varied our range of military history can be.

 

As always, thanks for voting everyone.

Posted on: 10/01/2019 11:44:39
Posted by: Emily @ Osprey
Total Posts: 16
Joined Date: Friday, 2 December 2016

Hi all,

We can’t currently track the location of our voters but it is something we are currently working on adding.

Thanks,

Emily @ Osprey

Posted on: 10/01/2019 14:12:59
Posted by: PAUL W
Total Posts: 259
Joined Date: Sunday, 4 January 2015

Very interesting responses. I suppose as well it depends on how many people vote over the month. If it's only a hundred or so a few extra votes would make a noticeable difference and add in social media it would have a large effect. However if we are considering if it's thousands or more then it must be a lot of votes. I'm pleased with osprey's response re the other titles though. And too be fair it's not always the winner that gets published. 

Posted on: 10/01/2019 17:48:14
Posted by: Modern Indian Navy
Total Posts: 2
Joined Date: Monday, 20 June 2011

All of these topics are interesting but the emergence of India as a military superpower and its development of naval power would be a welcome addition to NVG. There are few real good books available and to learn more about the INS Vikrant and the inner workings of both it and Indias naval defence industry would be a real treat. That said the polish warships and spanish civil war book ideas are terrific as well so no one can really lose.  Im hoping Osprey keeps track of suggested titles despite there votes and eventually brings some of these topics into the limelight. Hope you guys are listening who doesnt love a super carrier!!

Posted on: 13/01/2019 22:53:36
Posted by: PAUL W
Total Posts: 259
Joined Date: Sunday, 4 January 2015

Hear, hear, M I N. I second your response.

Posted on: 17/02/2019 10:10:01

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