Explained: NBC Local News Accidentally Posts US Election"Results A Week Early [Test Data for Layout]

Willie

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I don't know where to put this but I'm curious if someone would like to debunk this.
http://www.healthnutnews.com/nbc-lo...-news-accidentally-posts-us-election-results/

 
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Trailblazer

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The same Similar "results" appear on the Associated Press Interactive map. http://interactives.ap.org/2016/general-election/?SITE=WHBQTVELN&DEFAULTGEO=TRUE

It's been loaded with test data, as the background watermark states.

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I would assume that the election reporting systems have been filled out with fake numbers to test that they work properly.


Edit: actually I see the numbers don't match. I found that page by searching for the exact vote count in the article the OP posted, but it seems the "results" have changed since Google indexed it:

OP article:

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AP map via Google cache:

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Many news services get their data directly from the AP service, so the test data will be propagated quite widely.
 
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SR1419

Senior Member.
debunk this.

This explanation was given on WRCB's website:

http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/3362049...-their-election-graphics-before-all-elections
 

Trailblazer

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Staff member
The has the potential to discourage a lot of people.
Why would it do that? Using test data is quite a common thing and has no bearing whatsoever on the outcome of the real election.

There was a fuss a few months ago when AP test data for a Florida primary was published before the election.

In the end, Laurel Bennett won the election, with 53% of the vote:

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SR1419

Senior Member.
I would assume that the election reporting systems have been filled out with fake numbers to test that they work properly.

Indeed. It happened earlier in October as well in Wisconsin...with Trump winning:

 

Mick West

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They (The AP) have similar test data graphics for the local ballot measures
http://interactives.ap.org/2016/general-election/?SITE=WHBQTVELN&DEFAULTGEO=TRUE
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The WHBQTVELN site is is presumably for WHBQ (Fox 13 Memphis) to test their embedding of the graphics. It's just like how in the old days newspapers would write two version of the lead story, so they could quickly post the correct one when the elections were finished. Sometimes they would jump the gun.



This isn't even that though, it's just test data so they can tell that the web page looks correct.
 

Marin B

Active Member
I don't know where to put this [/ex]

I think it would be nice to have a forum dedicated to political news. Unfortunately, I don't think the amount of bunk is going to let up much after the U.S. elections are over next week :(
 

Rory

Senior Member.
God, I hope the actual election results are exactly the same as the ones shown in the tests. CTland would go into meltdown. :)
 

JRBids

Senior Member.
The has the potential to discourage a lot of people.

Why, it's just dummy copy? Anyone who does graphics is going to have to set up a template beforehand, they don't start working on these things the day of.
 
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