Support » Plugins » Popularity Contest and 2.8.4 – Catchable Fatal Error

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    I really like Popularity Contest, and it was working, but now I’m getting a Catchable Fatal Error and I wondered if anyone else was experiencing the same thing, and if anyone has found a way to fix it? I posted on the the author’s site, and my comment was deleted with no answer, so I’m here now, hoping one of you can help!

    When I go to Popularity Contest Options under Settings, and press the ‘Reset Comments/Trackback/Pingback Counts’ button I get this error… “Catchable fatal error: Object of class stdClass could not be converted to string in /home/content/49/4741249/html/wp-content/plugins/popularity-contest/popularity-contest.php on line 539”

    I’ve done two things recently that may have impacted it – I’m not sure if they do or not, but I’m mentioning both here, just in case they do. First, I upgraded to WordPress 2.8.4 and second, I imported over 200 posts from Blogger.

    I’ve tried deleting and then reinstalling Popularity Contest. I’ve tried disabling all my other plugins. I’ve tried switching back to the default theme. I just can’t figure it out? Am I really the only one having this problem?

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  • Anyone have any ideas?

    If someone can just give me a hint of where to look next, I’d be really grateful!



    This is discussed on the plugin author’s site at

    The fix is to grab the latest revision of the plugin from the SVN at

    Right click on popularity-contest.php, save as, then upload it overwriting the file of the same name you already have.

    I was having this problem for the longest time as well, even before upgrading to 2.8.4. This fixed it. I just wish he would make it an actual update to the plugin, rather than us having to get it from the SVN.

    Thanks LancerSykera! I checked this thread for a week or so, but then let it go when no one responded – so I didn’t know you’d come along with an answer a month later – sorry!

    But the good news is that I did eventually get it to work, and hopefully your solution helped others with the same problem to do the same!

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