I had to format and re-install Windows over the weekend. Time to clear out the clutter. Following that I have been able to vote on the current PC Advisor pole a second time using the same username. So, if I do this often enough, can I distort the pole to give the result I want?
This topic has cropped up several times in the past.
So, on a serious note, yes, it is possible by clearing out your browser cache [or by formatting your hard drive if you feel that way inclined] to vote mutliple times in a poll.
Thankfully though, the number of people who choose to do so is minimal and PCA know who they are and can take that into account when processing the end data.
By and large the majority of any and all votes will be genuine, placed in good faith by people who want to show their opinion and so an accurate indication of the general opinion of those who take part in the poll may still be reached.
It does raise certain questions though, about why anyone might want to "distort the poll" in the first place, since the whole point is to gather general feedback and draw conclusions from it.
Distorting the results would, in fact, waste everyones time who took part in the poll, the magazines time, effort and resources in trying to gauge reaction to the topic in hand, as well as wasting the time of those who choose to try and pervert the results in the first place since a distorted result serves no real purpose - a flawed result pretty much renders the entire thing pointless.