My objection with many surveys, is the absence of options that fit my
circumstances or my predilections. Many times, there are several
possible answers to a particular survey question, and none of them fits
me. I know this is one of the most difficult aspects of survey
construction, but that is often my pet peeve - there are several
options, but I don't like any of them.
Of course, many times the reason is that the particular survey is
written to accomplish a stated result, or prove a particular point, so
the options seem to cover the range, but do not. This is my objection
with many political surveys and with many marketing surveys. I often
Another matter that concerns me is the (typically) voluntary
participation by members in the polled group. If there is substantial
self-selection, the results may be skewed or unreliable (I studied the
various mathematical models for determining reliability back in
college...) I think the real trick is getting good turn out and high
participation -- and... yeah... getting 85% of one's membership into a
single discussion group sounds pretty good. If you could get 85% of
your membership to answer the poll, you would be doing swell.
Just MY take.
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On 6/28/2012 10:09 AM, Bruce Nolte wrote:
> And having 85% of a club's membership in a yahoo group sounds pretty
> good to me. And i would guess that in many clubs there are members that
> do not even use the internet - none of our options address them.