The wife's turn to chime in.
I watch the effort that Mike puts in week on week to pick the bike, get the information gathered, tally the votes (did you know... I created the spreadsheet for the math?
), move content from main site to forum back to main site... etc.
Votes are down but I believe that having a new bike each week helps draw people onto the site and read up on a bike that they never would have considered. It would be a shame to lose the cool wall. I honestly don't vote very often but I'm not really the target audience!
With the move to Wordpress we do have the ability to use polls in a different way. We can also look to FB but that locks some people out who don't have accounts or don't check it often. Personally I'd visit a favourite website more often than checking FB or Twitter but I'm not much of a surfer anyways.
The one good thing is that the forum does NOT require an account to vote!
I say don't fix what ain't broken so I'm not sure about making too many changes but I do like some of the comments being said here. My favourite is to categorize the votes differently. For example... a bike for my kid, a second bike just for fun, a bike when I'm old, etc... that could lead to some interesting responses! The trouble is we can't keep changing the categories unless we want to give up the comparison piece of knowing which bike outperformed another on the polls.
We definitely welcome the continued dialogue though and overall glad to hear that people do like it. I'm a believer that even if one doesn't vote they are still intrigued by seeing a bike that they may not have seen or considered before.