For more information on the early stages of this event, see The November Crisis.
In the first Poll War, I didn't exactly play a major role. Now, with this poll war, I was in it from beginning to end, and I can tell you everything. The poll war was a battle between the Narwhals and Anti-Polls that lasted for around 3-4 weeks!
On November 15, 2017, the user MartySays made this poll:
"poll: what was your favorite science experiment in middle school?"
Pretty harmless, since the poll was about the strip. Most people were fine with this poll, but a few of them weren't.
Some other people weren't on board with the polls either, like LINK_O_NEAL and Nate Clone, because of the first poll war. After all this, you'd think he would stop with the polls so as not to spread the heat, but he came back with another poll the next day:
"poll: have you ever been disappointed by a plant failure before?
Things just started to get worse from there. GoComics users like Mdomino(now named Eguene) and Hockey17 were close to leaving, and the Anti-Polls like LINK_O_NEAL just kept arguing over the polls. You'd think he would've stop the polls like any other sane person, but he came back AGAIN with another poll:
"poll: have you ever suffered a loss of nature? like a plant"
I don't even... facepalm
War breaks out... again
This was getting bad. Now it was a full-fledged war. Because of MartySays' polls, the comment section was divided up again. I was pretty worried about this because of Vietnam wa- I mean, Poll war I flashbacks, so even though I was fine with the polls, I made a comment asking him to stop making polls to make the Big Nate comment section great again (subtle Donald Trump reference) but instead he replied "you can't make me." However, he made the mistake of replying with his other account, Boosted, the one he uses to make himself featured. At the time, a lot of people speculated that they were the same person, but no one could prove it until now. This was enough to make me an Anti-poll. The fighting became worse, and now Ellensays not only made polls, he also made rude replies to the anti-polls. One time, when Mdomino said he'd be leaving the comment section because of the polls, Ellensays replied with this:
"just leave nobody cares tbh"
Even worse, the polls were spreading to other users like LOLtheboss157 and Minyhyugen. The worst case-offender has to come from Artur the second:
"poll: write a big nate story arc"
See, this is why God stays up in heaven.
Because of the many polls, a lot of anti-polls reported Ellensays to the GC moderators. There were a lot of anti-polls, so you'd think they would've banned Ellensays by now, right? Wrong. Instead, they banned me. Why, you may ask? Here are the reasons why, apparently:
I censored the swear words, and yet that's not enough? Gollum barely censors his swear words, and yet he still has his account. That last one was directed towards MartySays, and can you blame me? I don't know anything about the second-to-last one, because it was deleted even when I signed into my account, and I don't remember anything about it. I actually didn't find out about the banishment until I saw this comment from LINK_O_NEAL:
"Where did all of Meme squads comments go? Did he get banned?"
I was so confused, since my comments were still on the website, but then Meme_Machine said the same thing. It occurred to me that the reason why I could still see my comments was because I was still signed in. I signed out, and sure enough, my comments disappeared. I tried making another account, but for some reason, the same thing was happening. I got so mad about this that I even made up a parody of Cee Lo Green's "Forget you" (targeted towards the GC moderators and Ellensays):
"I see you walking around town with the account I love and I'm like: screw y'all! (ooh-ooh-ooh) I guess the polls from Ellensays just wasn't enough and I'm like: screw y'all and screw Ellensays, if I made more polls, my account wouldn't be pulled. Hey now, ain't that some crap? (ain't that some crap?) Although there's pain in my chest I still wish y'all the best with a: screw y'all! (ooh-ooh-ooh)."
It's super cringy, and I'd be very surprised if you haven't exited out yet just. By the way, LINK_O_NEAL, I saw that poem you made on monday, and it was pretty good. Not great, but good. Also, how are you fitting 300 freaking memes on your phone? There's no way your phone would be big enough.
The narwhals stopped defending MartySays after he started spamming. Also, 0a1s2d3f4g5h made this comment:
"Everyone, Ellensays has admitted to trying to seem the featured comment through spam. Just check his poll yesterday for confirmation and read the last replies. Also, he has all but confirmed he is using his second account 'boosted' to try and get featured comment. This kind of spam won’t be tolerated. Just please silently flag his post, as he won’t listen to reason. Don’t reply to him, don’t rant as I just did about him. Ignore, flag, and soon he will go away. We must preserve the sanity of the comment section".
This had a huge impact to the comment section and led to a plethora of contacts to the GC moderators and flagging. It also got featured comment.
The next day, Ellensays was banned. After a week of insults, fighting, and people saying that they're leaving (*cough* *cough* Mdomino), the war was finally over, and there was much rejoicing to be had with the anti-polls and the narwhals. As for me, this was my reaction:
After the rejoicing, people decided to never bring up this poll war again, so as not to confuse or scare the newer users.
On this wiki, MartySays announced that he would return on December 1. He later said that while he'd still post polls, he wouldn't spam. When he returned, it was revealed that he never actually left at all, but came back with a new account, Heroicash. This is the comment that he made:
"Poll: who here likes stranger things?"
Was he TRYING to get banned? Apparently so, because a couple hours after he posted this comment he got banned again. Look, dude, Stranger Things is a great show and all, but it has absolutely NOTHING to do with Big Nate.
4 days later, he came back with another account, NateSays. Here's the comment that he made:
"Sheesh, guys, stop flagging me. And BTW, poll: what's your favorite Nate moment?"
We wouldn't be flagging you if you didn't do stupid polls, like this one. He got banned... again... on that same day.
Immediately after he got banned, he came back as Xxcalibur. He made a comment where he contacted a GC admin and confirmed that he was banned. Keep in mind, he had a different name and profile picture at the time, so nobody suspected it was MartySays. He went on a hiatus, changed his name to "MartySays" and then changed his name to "CzerwickiSays," used a retarded picture of Mrs. Czerwicki as his profile picture, and started posting polls again. People were understandably frustrated at him, asking him to stop, but he kept posting polls. He sure is an idiot, that one, am I right?
I now have depression.
There were now people who were defending MartySays. You might be saying, "Isn't that what the narwhals were doing?" They were, but that was before MartySays was spamming and started making rude comments towards the anti-polls. The imitators not only defended MartySays, but also made their own polls:
It was SEMI-related to the strip.
Because of these polls and them defending GinaSays, the anti-polls accused them of being GinaSays as well:
I was against them, too, but I never accused them for being MartySays. Actually, I COULDN'T do anything, because I was banned, and all I could do was watch in horror as the comment section turned to hell again. ¡Que horror!
Even worse, boosted was back, and he spammed, too. He was MartySays's alt account that spammed replies on MartySays's comments. GinaSays tried to deny that, saying that it wasn't him. Really? Just like how it wasn't your alt account last time?
This part of the war wasn't that long and interesting, though, as it lasted only 6 days.
The GC Moderators Take Action
On December 11th, the GC Moderators came to the Big Nate comment section. They posted the following comment that might show the end of the poll wars:
We’re working actively to clean up this section. We’re aware of what’s going on. Please feel free to write us at firstname.lastname@example.org when you see some questionable posts. Please include a link to the commentor’s profile.GoComics Moderator
Yes, I know, these are the same group of D-bags who banned me, Nate Clone, and Meme Machine, but at least it's better than nothing. We can all rela-
(The result of MartySays' December 24th return is still to be determined)
During this poll war, the comment section split up into 3 sides: The narwhals, anti-polls and imitators. The narwhals were all in for polls, as long as they were relevant, while the anti-polls weren't. The imitators actually posted polls and defended Insert Big Nate character hereSays. During the part 2 segment, the narwhals (except Kittehz4life) weren't active at all.
These were the narwhals:
- Pazy of Prussia
These were the imitators (or pollio victims):
- Artur the second
- AlexCarey602(BANNED) Now known as Alex "clutch" Carey
- Mrs. Godfrey
And these were the anti-polls:
- Nate Clone(BANNED)
- Meme squad (formerly a narwhal and BANNED)
- BigNateFan (formally a narwhal)
- Game Freakazoid
- Mrs.Godfrey (new and 7o'clock)
- Gina Hemphill-Toms
- Trapper Clicker
- The Antithesis
- Arena Closer
- Hockey17 (formerly neutral)
- Minh Nguyen
You may be wondering as to why there were so many anti-polls. This is because, after the first poll war, polls were a really sore subject. Many anti-polls were in the first poll war, while others have witnessed it, thus that's the reason why the anti-polls far outnumber the other groups.
In the beginning, Jonathan W.G. was a narwhal. However, after he saw MartySays's true intentions, and all the rude comments from the anti-polls, he firmly stayed neutral. Hev1, at first, was an anti-poll, but turned neutral after the arguing started.
BiggerNate91 said he became a Narwhal in the earlier stages of the war, but then, all of a sudden, he betrayed the Narwhals and went to the enemy's side. MartySays had posted a false peace treaty on the wiki, and BiggerNate91 fell for it, thinking that accepting MartySays in the comment section was the only way to keep the peace. Little did he know that he was creating disharmony himself by defending MartySays. Fortunately, the Narwhals snapped him out of it, and he decided that he was going to be neutral and let the war play itself out.
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