Almost a great idea

Here's an example of a good idea gone wrong.  I saw a link for a web site that exists solely to advance openness in government.  How cool is that?

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I clicked around for a bit, eventually reaching a place where I was supposed to be able to submit an idea for government, where it would (presumably) be viewed and discussed among my peers.  When I clicked the button to enter my idea, I was prompted to log in with OpenID (again, very cool).  I logged in and clicked the button again, and was rewarded with the following barfage:

500 Servlet Exception

[show] java.lang.NullPointerException

	at _jsp._jsp._includes._build_0header__jsp._jspService(jsp/includes/build_header.jsp:37)
	at com.caucho.jsp.JavaPage.service(
	at com.caucho.jsp.Page.pageservice(
	at com.caucho.server.dispatch.PageFilterChain.doFilter(
	at com.caucho.server.webapp.DispatchFilterChain.doFilter(
	at com.caucho.server.dispatch.ServletInvocation.service(
	at com.caucho.server.webapp.RequestDispatcherImpl.include(
	at com.caucho.server.webapp.RequestDispatcherImpl.include(
	at com.caucho.jsp.PageContextImpl.include(
	at _jsp._jsp._includes._autoselect_0header__jsp._jspService(jsp/includes/autoselect_header.jsp:23)
	at com.caucho.jsp.JavaPage.service(

Close, guys. Very close!

Please don't do this to your customers, okay?

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2 Replies to “Almost a great idea”

    1. Well, in all fairness, it probably saves quite a bit of money to run a web site that doesn't actually save any of the suggestions. It's almost a stroke of genius.

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