[CQ-Contest] Driving at 4AM

W0MU Mike Fatchett w0mu at w0mu.com
Tue Feb 10 20:26:56 EST 2009

Don't care works.  Neither for nor against.  

While for open logs because those that check the logs thinks this is a good
idea it would not change my contesting style or contests one either way. 

"A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may
never get over." Ben Franklin
-----Original Message-----
From: cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com
[mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of David Gilbert
Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 5:05 PM
To: wn3vaw at verizon.net; CQ-Contest at contesting. com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Driving at 4AM

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
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