[CQ-Contest] Driving at 4AM

David Gilbert xdavid at cis-broadband.com
Tue Feb 10 19:04:38 EST 2009

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.

Dave   AB7E

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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