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lfredericks2

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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 5:05:03 PM

For example, this weeks poll about fracking has 4 answers to choose from. Very safe, Moderately safe, Not at all safe, and I don’t know. They seem to never have either of the answers I want to use. First, there is the "I don't care" or the ever popular, "Does it really matter"

It seems to me we spend a lot of time asking questions about stupid and unnecessary things. Instead of asking each other these stupid questions, why don't we all ask our elected morons some important ones like when is the deficit going away or when are we getting the hell out of afghanistan, or the really important one - "why am I paying 40% of my salary in taxes and when will it stop?"
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2013 12:39:18 AM

kwzh:

"...Except that it will never get read, and it will quickly by swamped with mindless responses like "OK" "

Or lost among the very insightful (said sarcastically, so no one thinks I'm serious) "Interesting", "Hmmmmm", "I agree", and "Good post, as well as the comments about "Obama" "Bush" "The morons in government...", etc.

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kwzh
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2013 12:08:00 AM

One could also choose to post disagreement with the options in the forum thread attached to the poll. Except that it will never get read, and it will quickly by swamped with mindless responses like "OK".
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 9:22:22 PM


"Unfortunately you can't track the none responders. Providing the response as a possible answer would provide that capability."

No, you can never track the non-responders, nor can you differentiate between those that read the question and decided to not respond versus for any reason (be it the choices they wanted weren't there or they were indecisive, or any other reason they chose to not resond) versus those that never read the question in the first place.

In any event, with few exceptions, most multiple-choice polls only have a few choices; it's not realistic to expect each and every poll to include every possible choice or answer.

As suggested, if you don't like the choices being offered, you can participate in the choosing of the poll questions. But, just as each poll question may not cover every possible response, your point of view or suggestions may not be with the majority (or agreed to by the ultimate decision makers).
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 8:15:44 PM

As scrapheap pointed out and provided a link to, this discussion is better off in that topic.
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lfredericks2
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 6:16:25 PM

Unfortunately you can't track the none responders. Providing the response as a possible answer would provide that capability.
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 6:41:18 PM


lfredericks2:

"...this weeks poll about fracking has 4 answers to choose from....They seem to never have either of the answers I want to use. First, there is the "I don't care" or the ever popular, "Does it really matter""

Your not responding is, essentially an "I don't care" or "Does it really matter" response. Said another way, many of those type answers are being offered to those that do care enough to respond (and, hopefully, or to possibly provide input into the discussion that follows the poll questions).

"It seems to me we spend a lot of time asking questions about stupid and unnecessary things. Instead of asking each other these stupid questions, why don't we all ask our elected morons some important ones like when is the deficit going away or when are we getting the hell out of afghanistan, or the really important one - "why am I paying 40% of my salary in taxes and when will it stop?" "

The reason you have questions about "stupid and unnecessary things" in the Gas Buddy polls is because this is a website about fuel, energy, the oil industry, and related activities. Yes, probably most of us think that some poll questions are a waste of time at one time or another, but there's no requirement that we have to even look at the poll questions, let alone "vote" or discuss the issues they cover.

You can ask "our elected morons" some important ones, as you call them. But, you don't add any credibility to yourself by referring to them as "elected morons". If you think you can do better..., or if you think there are others that should replace them, you have every opportunity to vote campaign for and elect the candidates of your choice; you have every opportunity to inform your "elected morons" of what is right or of what should be done. But your idea that issues such as "the deficit going away or when are we getting the hell out of afghanistan, or the really important one - "why am I paying 40% of my salary in taxes and when will it stop?"" are pretty much irrelevant to what the Gas Buddy website is about: Members helping members be more knowledgeable about fuel prices and related issues, and helping members be more informed shoppers so they don't spend time, money, and fuel unnecessarily driving out of their way to learn prices.

If you really feel that issues such as the deficit or wars we may in, or your tax rate are worth discussing, there are discussion threads for those issues (as Scrapheap noted). There's no reason a website primarily concerned with fuel and energy issues needs to be doing its weekly poll about political issues. There are other fora, other discussion sites, and media as simple and as useful as "Letters to the Editor" that you can use to make your concerns known.

This site, like it or not, isn't "Politics Buddy"; it's "Gas Buddy".

In my opinion.
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 5:15:00 PM

For the most part, the opinion polls and their answers are decided by the consensus of people who participate in this thread. Feel free to join them.

If you want to engage in the political discussions in your second paragraph, the US Politics forum is the place to go.
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