Actually, I submitted the original text for the current survey at
contesting.com, but it didn't get published as I wrote it. I had tried
to be extremely objective in the wording and briefly give examples of
both sides of the argument, but somebody heavily edited it before
posting it on their website. I'm not sure why. I had proposed that the
choices be a simple "Yes", "No", and "Undecided". Instead, somebody
there added "Don't Care", which I think distorts the results since it
doesn't force a real decision.
I certainly agree that it is unscientific, particularly if people with
active opinions such as yourself aren't even aware of it. I just
figured it would be more quantitative than adding up the pro and con
comments that get posted to the reflector, and I was honestly curious
what the numbers would look like. I wasn't trying to skew the results
one way or the other. To be honest, the "voter turnout" has been rather
weak, so maybe KY1V is correct when he says that most people didn't
bother to vote.
In any case, I'm curious why you think the poll was restricted in any
way. You just go to www.contesting.com and it shows up right on the
first page. What could be more open and accessible? It's totally
anonymous, but if you don't want to vote, you just click on the "Survey"
button at the left of the page and you'll still see the results and
comments. Contesting.com has been doing reader-submitted surveys like
that for quite a while now.
Ron Notarius W3WN wrote:
> A very non-scientific poll.
> First I've heard of it... if you're going to cite this as a "fact" then it
> should be... dare I say it... OPEN and more people made aware of it?
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