The voting is over and the results are in! The first-ever ElloCoaster poll is in the bag.
Some things you should know before we get to the good stuff:
 ElloCoaster has an unusual mix of hard-core coaster nuts and casual coaster fans, plus a smattering of people who are terrified of them, but enjoy the articles and photography here. That makes for a unique mix of voters, so results are going to be different than your typical poll.
 This poll allowed voters to rank coasters that they've ridden, but no longer exist. That shook up some lists from the usual, as well.
 Scoring went as such: people sent in lists of the coasters (wood and steel in separate lists) they'd ridden in order or preference. The bottom coaster got one point, the next one two points, etc until the coaster at the top of the list got the same number of points as coasters on the list. Only the top 100 coasters on each ballot received points, so the maximum number of points a coaster could get on a ballot was 100. If the ballot listed, say, 34 coasters then the top coaster got 34 points. In this way, people who are very well-traveled got a bit more "weight" on their rankings over people who've only ridden a few rides.
 The results were tallied and the top ten wood and steel coasters are listed below.
 Keep in mind that this poll is non-scientific, it doesn't entirely remove the problem of popular coasters having an easier time getting points than rarely-ridden ones, and the results are solely due to the readers of this site - the site itself neither endorses nor negates the rankings shown below.
For the next poll, we'd love to tally the results via the "ranked pairs" method- but that's going to require some software, since doing all of that by hand is just not feasible. If anyone knows of available software that will do this, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
And now, on to the list!
At #10 on the steel list, it's Dueling Dragons (formerly) at Islands of Adventure in Florida. I say "formerly" because the area that this coaster sits in was transformed into a Harry Potter themed area and the name of this coaster became Dragon Challenge. While a name change isn't a big deal, Dueling Dragons is technically a defunct coaster now because the trains no longer duel. This was a key element to the experience of Dueling Dragons, where the trains would come very, very close to each other. Unfortunately, people are jerks and after a couple of incidents where some idiot threw something at the other train, the park had no choice but to announce that the dragons would no longer duel. Those voters who were lucky enough to get a ride on the original version ranked it very highly.
At #10 on the wood coaster list is Grizzly at Kings Dominion in Virginia. It's an old-school wood coaster set out in the woods and offers a rollicking, sometimes aggressive ride that's mostly hidden from the park. Rides after dark are particularly disorienting, ramping up the intensity even more.
#9 on the steel list also hails from Kings Dominion. It's Intimidator 305, with the "305" indicating the height of that first hill. It's a riot of speed, turns, and G-forces that can be seen from pretty much anywhere in the park.
#9 on the wood list is Georgia Cyclone at Six Flags Over Georgia. Roughly based on the famous Cyclone at Coney Island (NYC), this ride delivers the goods. It had a few rough years, but some track work and a bit of TLC has this coaster running as good as new now.
#8 on the wood list is Boulder Dash at Lake Compounce in Connecticut. This is the first WTF ranking that's a direct result of having some readers who like coasters, but aren't hard-core enthusiasts. Lake Compounce is one of those parks that casual coaster fans have likely never heard of unless they live in New England. That's a shame, because the park is great and this coaster kicks all kinds of ass. It's set against a mountainside, it spends most of the layout deep in the trees, and it is one of the best nighttime coaster experiences anywhere on earth. On polls of well-traveled enthusiasts, this coaster ranks in the top three, if not at the #1 spot. For those voters who've not been on this coaster, GO. Do it now. You'll thank me later.
At #7 on the steel list, it's Skyrush at Hersheypark in Pennsylvania. One of the most intense, airtime-filled coasters anywhere, you can read the whole ElloCoaster article about it here: http://www.ellocoaster.com/skyrush/
#7 on the wood list also can be found at Hersheypark. It's Lightning Racer, a two-track coaster that has the trains racing and dueling as they traverse one of the most beautiful wood coaster structures ever built.
#6 is Leviathan at Canada's Wonderland in Ontario. Ridiculously tall, fast, and rowdy, Levi drops its victims from the top of a 306ft (93.2m) hill into a tunnel that looks impossibly small. After that, it's fast, fast, fast and as smooth as a Molson two-four on a hot summer day.
#6 wood is the Cyclone at Coney Island (Luna Park). This coaster is such a classic that it is registered as a National Historic Landmark. Built in 1927, it's perhaps the most famous wood coaster in the world and it lives up to its reputation. Recent track work has made the ride considerably smoother and some purists are crying foul - but what used to be a once-and-done ride that kept chiropractors in business is now enjoyable to the masses. Maybe it's not quite "Brooklyn" enough for some now, but its high ranking on this poll shows that it still has legions of fans.
#5 on the steel list is Millennium Force at Cedar Point in Ohio. It got lots of points due to the fact that nearly every voter has ridden it and it's certainly a good enough ride to rank fairly high on all those ballots. When it opened in 2000, the very idea of a 300ft drop on a coaster was radical and the fast, smooth ride still packs in the fans at the popular park.
#5 on the wood list is Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City in Missouri. The first built-from-scratch woodie by the coaster-designing rock stars at Rocky Mountain Construction, it lives up to its claim as the "world's most daring wood coaster". You can read the ElloCoaster review here: http://www.ellocoaster.com/outlaw-run/
#4 steel coaster is Magnum XL-200 at Cedar Point in Ohio. It was the world's first hypercoaster (a coaster over 200ft tall) and when it opened in 1989, the park might as well have named it "Mind. Blown." This was the official start of the "how high can we go" coaster wars of the 90s and even though plenty of coasters are taller now, Magnum's shoreline setting, ejector airtime, and old-school engineering make it a timeless classic.
#4 wood coaster is Thunderhead at Dollywood in Tennessee. Wild, twisted, fast, and relentless are all ways you could describe this coaster. It's a perennial favorite among enthusiasts as well as the general public.
#3 steel coaster is Diamondback at Kings Island in Ohio. Fast, smooth, filled with airtime, and wraps it all up with a dramatic splashdown finale. What's not to love?
#3 woodie is Ravine Flyer II at Waldameer Park in Pennsylvania. The top of the lift gives you a fantastic view of Lake Erie... but just for a second. After that, you plunge into a deep drop, cross over a street (!), turn around, come back across the street, then scream into a twister section that includes a 90degree banked turn. It's a world-class coaster in a small local park that is well worth seeking out.
In second place in the steel rankings, it's Nitro at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey. The scenic, wooded setting, the plentiful airtime, the sustained speeds, and the smooth, graceful layout make this hypercoaster a favorite of many.
Runner-up on the wood list is Phoenix at Knoebels in Pennsylvania. Not only is this coaster a fantastic, classic ride in every sense of the word, but it is responsible for saving several wood coasters from being destroyed. Let me explain: in 1985, the Dick Knoebel (the park owner) bought the old Rocket wood coaster from the closed Playland Park in San Antonio, Texas. Moving a steel coaster from one park to another is common, but nobody had ever moved a large wood coaster before. Everyone said it was crazy, impractical, and the money would be better spent just building a smaller coaster from scratch. Lucky for the park and for coaster lovers around the world, Mr Knoebel proved them all wrong and when the aptly-named Phoenix opened up that summer, it was an instant hit. The success of this ride resulted in other parks looking to rescue and move existing coasters that were facing the wrecking ball rather than just letting them die and building new. The park gets a bigger coaster for less money and the world gets to ride a classic for many more years. Win-win!
The #1 coaster on the steel list is another "former" coaster: Superman the Ride at Six Flags New England in Massachusetts. While the coaster opened in 2000 and has been operating ever since, in 2009 the park changed the name to Bizarro, changed the theming, changed the trains, added audio speakers to the seats, and some people were not happy about that at all. In fact, a few ballots listed Superman the Ride and then added "NOT Bizarro, the original version". A few ballots even listed StR and Bizarro both, as if they were completely different rides, and in every case Bizarro ranked several places lower than Superman. The park apparently got the hint, as it was announced that beginning in 2016, the coaster would go back to the Superman theme, colors, and name. Whether or not the less-comfortable Bizarro trains (which were the main complaint from many riders) got enough of a makeover to put the latest version of this ride back on top of the charts remains to be seen. Stay tuned.
The top wood coaster in this year's poll is El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey. It's huge, it's fast, it has some of the most intense airtime of any wood coaster, and it's smooth enough that even folks who don't normally like wood coasters love it. That broad appeal practically guarantees it a spot on any list of badass wood coasters, and in this case it's deserved.
That's it for the first-ever ElloCoaster poll. If you were one of the voters, thank you very much for taking the time to cast your ballot. If you weren't, keep your eye out for the next poll, which should happen after the 2016 coaster-riding season winds to a close.