RE: New TECHWR-L Poll Question

Subject: RE: New TECHWR-L Poll Question
From: Jeff Hanvey <jewahe -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: Barry_Kieffer -at- adc -dot- com, techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2000 10:46:56 -0700 (PDT)

Barry Kieffer said:

> There is one problem with polls - who answers them.

There's more than one problem....

The basic problem with any poll is that usually only
those with a vested interest respond to them (and then
only when they're dissatified).

Online polls have an even larger problem since you
can't control who votes or how many times. Someone
with a little time to spare or a beef against an item
in the poll could "run up" the numbers for their
favorite brand/product/company/opinion/whatever. As a
result, online polls are, at best, useful only to give
a general tendency of a trend - not to plot the future
course of your life against. Certainly, you should not
quote an online poll as gospel without closely
studying its methodology (would a tech writer do


Jeff Hanvey
Memphis, TN

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