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Wrong time to reply
Okay, yesterday's poll was full of fail, because it does depend a lot on context. I'm normally the one who can't get more than two questions into a questionnaire without going "ARGH BUT IT DEPENDS" and throwing the whole box of "neither agree nor disagree"s across the room in disgust, so I apologise for giving everybody else the argh this time. I think I was working on the assumption that the hypothetical communications in question were a) personal, or at least something where you personally have an interest (in either sense) in getting a reply, and b) something that obviously invited a reply but didn't specify the time-limit; e.g. if you say "please let me know by the end of the day" then obviously you're kind of expecting a reply by the end of the day, and if you send something that doesn't normally need/expect/invite a reply, then, um, you're not expecting a reply. But I did completely fail to show working.

Not sure what to do now: 48 people have managed to respond despite the fail, so I don't want to make people fill it all in again; but the results are probably a lot more meaningless than I hoped. That'll teach me to try to design surveys when I'm tired and rushing to meet an arbitrary deadline. :-}

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cartesiandaemon From: cartesiandaemon Date: November 25th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear, we're sorry. I tried not to add *another* comment complaining of the precision, but ended up doing so anyway. Hopefully the results will show some trends, even if different people's results aren't directly comparable. And the discussion was worthwhile too.
cleanskies From: cleanskies Date: November 25th, 2009 07:55 am (UTC) (Link)
From my quick glance at the results I thought a pretty identifiable consensus had emerged, despite the whining.
barrysarll From: barrysarll Date: November 25th, 2009 09:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I was thinking within 'personal', but even there, I have friends who barely get online once a week and others who pick up emails on their mobile when I'm not yet sure I sent them. And in each case, I tend to know roughly what to expect.
oxfordhacker From: oxfordhacker Date: November 25th, 2009 10:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't want to make people fill it all in again
...because if there's one thing that people on LiveJournal hate, it's filling in polls about themselves.
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