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Site Polls Thread, EduGeek annual survey. Will you fill it out? in EduGeek Stuff; Originally Posted by vikpaw Only if you arrange conferences with mainstream companies for us (and don't charge). And take us ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by vikpaw View Post
    Only if you arrange conferences with mainstream companies for us (and don't charge). And take us out to dinner. And give us mugs and stickers and lanyards and other bribes. Then it might be worth the effort.
    +1 for that

    Speaking as a pedantic geek, may I point out that in this country we fill IN a form, not fill OUT one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    Are you looking to release/publish the data in some way afterward to provide some averages or trends. This kind of summary would be really interesting to have avalible.
    Would you believe it? I've seen so many surveys that prove just about anything you want because the questions were too vague (or too precise) and were filled in by people in a hurry who just ticked the middle option all the way down.

    I think it's a good idea to try and collect the info; I just don't know if it's going to get you any data worth having (which does sound horribly negative and I really hope I'm wrong!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by srochford View Post
    Would you believe it?
    I'd look at it as a better representation of the dataset than anything that I have found so far. There are always going to be errors, omissions etc where people are involved and especially where statistics are involved but it should still allow for a better picture of the current environment than any dataset that I have found so far.

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    Your doing a survey about whether we will respond to a survey.
    My head hurts.

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    *Strokes white cat*

    Keep ticking the boxes Mr Cybernerd, keep ticking the boxes.......

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    I ticked maybe. Ive started a few surveys recently, but when Ive still been going 5+ mins later and the % bar indicates Im only half way through, Im afraid I generally dont finish those ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Speaking as a pedantic geek, may I point out that in this country we fill IN a form, not fill OUT one!
    Awww, Leave him alone. His form is 'OUT and Proud'
    Last edited by tmcd35; 9th September 2010 at 02:25 PM.

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    I've always filled out forms :s maybe im an American in disguise perhaps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by john View Post
    I've always filled out forms :s maybe im an American in disguise perhaps?
    either that, or you've been watching too much American TV whilst eating take-out and drinking a soda

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    I was taught an easy way to remember the difference.

    You fill *in a form as it then goes in to an envelope / letterbox hand of the person collecting it.

    IIRC the linguistics of it is related to the subsequent action. Data will go into something so you fill it in, but something like a bankers' draft is filled out (or written out to be correct) as it results in something moving outwards (money from an account). Then again, you complete a cheque (as a chequebook contains partially completed cheques) or you write a cheque (if doing it from scratch but not many places accept them nowadays) ... but many people will now say that they write out a cheque ...

    Anyway ... back on topic for a few minutes ...

    Will the data be anonymised? Who is the target audience of the results and / or statistical analysis? Have you considered contacting BESA to see if you can use their data to baseline the results you get?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    Will the data be anonymised?
    Is that even a word??? I feel very vomitised

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    Surely a language adapts over time, therefore if a majority say "fill out a form" then how can that be incorrect? Otherwise we'd all still be talking like Shakespeare......... init?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    Surely a language adapts over time, therefore if a majority say "fill out a form" then how can that be incorrect? Otherwise we'd all still be talking like Shakespeare......... init?!
    Yes, I know but what I object to is the creeping Americanisms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Is that even a word??? I feel very vomitised
    It's a perfectly cromulant word.


    *Apologies to The Simpsons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Yes, I know but what I object to is the creeping Americanisms.
    But there's plenty of french/german words that have crept into our language over the years. What's so bad about Americans?!

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