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Old 03.04.2019, 16:50
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

True, but perhaps you missed the replies thereafter which said that British citizens live all over the world and also thousands of people work shifts, are up with sleepless babies, have insomnia, been out clubbing, etc., etc., etc. They don't close the petition after 10.30 pm GMT in the assumption that the good people of the UK have popped off for their 8 hours slumber.

It was also pointed out to you that the volume of traffic on the site had forced it to restrict refreshes to every 15 mins which is why it appeared to climb steadily.
Polls/petitions like the internet itself normally have peeks and calm hours, like after evening diner or in the middle of the night. This petition lacked such. And if you look at the percentage of signers from overseas you would realise that they cannot be held responsible for the amount of "votes" during the middle of the night.

The refresh rate has never been of any consideration to me, nor is it relevant when looking at the rise of numbers during day and/or night, nor have I ever made a comment about those spikes being of any interest. So we can forget about that.
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