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This or That?

Two choices. Zero context. Infinite fun!

About This or That?

This or That? is a daily, two-option poll. It's just for fun! Some days the poll will be related to current events, and other days the poll will be related to nothing at all. The idea comes from a game we play with our kids where we give them two choices. The fun part is that they must choose one, even if both options are unappealing.

Notice that there's no context to the polls. That's intentional. We're not asking you to vote for your favorite thing or even your preferred thing. We're just giving you two choices. You can infer whatever context you want. For example, if the poll is "Red or Black?", you might decide that we're asking your favorite color, your favorite licorice, or your favorite raspberries. Whatever context you create is fine with us.

Obviously, it takes a lot of creativity to come up with a new poll everyday. We need your help! Please, please submit your poll ideas. Thanks!

Now, go vote!

Showdown Series™

Every now and then This or That? will run a Showdown Series™. It is a simple way of running a poll that involves more than two choices. The series begins with a standard poll. The option that is in the lead at the end of the first day of voting will move to the next day to challenge a third option. The winner of that day will take on the fourth option, and so on.

The polls will stay open for seven days, as usual, but only the first day is taken into account when determining the option that will continue to the second day.

What is RSS?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication (or Rich Site Summary). It allows you to check your favorite websites for updates without actually having to use your browser to visit all of the sites. Instead, you would run an RSS aggregator program, also called a feed reader, that checks all of the sites for you and shows you a summary of the new content. It's a handy tool that can save you a ton of time if you have very many websites to keep up with.

Some popular RSS readers include SharpReader and the web-based aggregator NewsGator and Bloglines. Once you've chosen a reader, just give it the address and you'll never forget to check This or That? again.

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