Pollground Back Online, Exiting Development

January 2, 2007 at 2:47 pm 4 comments

We would like to announce that Pollground is now back up! But by now, you’ve probably already noticed that.

Mostly we’d like to take this chance to provide some details about the situation of Pollground.

Short story: We believe in Pollground’s potential, but circumstances will permanently prevent us from developing Pollground beyond this point. If you have suggestions to how Pollground can be useful to the public let us know (read on!)

Long story:

Background:

As many of you may know, we developed and released Pollground in the summer of 2006. During the summer, we felt that we did a fair job of adding requested features to Pollground: we revamped the “reward voting with the majority” system, and added a much-desired comments system. In general, we were able to keep up with development.

At the end of summer, we decided to return to college. We felt we could take some time out of courses to complete the next steps in advancing pollground: creating a new look and implementing an artificial intelligence system that can predict your vote. We ended up making quite a bit of progress on both ends, despite it being much more difficult to find spare time in college than we’d anticipated. We were in the testing phase of the AI system, and you can see the new design for yourself.

We ended up transferring our hosting during the start of November, and due to a technical error that took some time to resolve, our site has been down until now, when we finally found time to fix the problem. All through this time, we realized we could make Pollground really take off by developing it further and adding greater feature. This is why we’ve staunchly maintained the position that we would roll out new feature for so many months now.

While we still believe in Pollground’s potential, we sat down this winter break and realized that we both had quite a few new exciting and amazing opportunities arising at school. We would have to pay a very high opportunity cost to keep Pollground in development, especially if we were to dedicate another semester or summer to the project.

After careful and lengthy consideration, we’ve decided that in all likelihood we will not be able to continue maintaining Pollground any longer. For those of you who waited on Pollground’s development the last few months, we apologize for not being able to fully deliver those features as a result of our circumstance. For those of you who’ve supported us by visiting Pollground, contributing to Pollground, or even writing to us personally, we would like to extend a huge thanks. Starting any business is a challenge and you guys have made it that much easier and enjoyable.

An Open Offer:

While we know that we can have Pollground hosted with our current provider practically indefinitely, we can’t develop the site further and hence make maximal use of Pollground’ Since we had spent hundreds of hours of effort in creating Pollground, we would love to have our work put to better use.

If you have any ideas how we could maintain the site in a way that’s more beneficial to the community, we would love to hear about it. Ideally, the suggestion wouldn’t require too much time.

If you feel you could do something interesting or valuable with part of the site (e.g. create an embeddable voting script, run regressions on survey data), let us know.

If you instead are ambitious enough to want to take over Pollground or have exclusive control over Pollground’s intellectual property, also let us know!

In each case, please contact us at uzlabs /at/ gmail.com, and let us know how your idea may be beneficial to the public at large. While we do not have plans to sell our site, monetary offers will be considered, but certainly are not necessary.

 

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jason  |  January 2, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    I commend you two on your honesty and guts in saying what you have decided on. I wish you luck in all your exciting ventures for the future.


    Jason

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  • 4. pollground  |  March 28, 2007 at 12:54 am

    Hello UsableContent/StartupMeme. Thanks for your pretty thorough review of all of Ycombinator’s companies. As the founders of pollground though, we feel we should quickly clarify one of your statements about Pollground.

    We certainly didn’t decide beforehand to “work on Pollground during the holidays just to go back to school”. It became clear after a few months that like the majority of startups anywhere, Pollground had limited prospects of being a million-dollar-success story. Realizing this state of the world, we decided to pause the startup and resume school.

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