View Poll Results: Is the option "other" necessary on every poll?

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Thread: A Poll About Polls

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    Re: A Poll About Polls

    Quote Originally Posted by emdash View Post
    I don't know, I think if there's a straightforward yes/no question with Yes and No options, you don't need a maybe/other. people who are undecided or uninformed about it shouldn't be voting, right? but then, I'm an elitist.
    Most of the time you are right but every once in a while someone screws up a poll by thinking an issue is yes/no, black and white, but they haven't thought it through.

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    Re: A Poll About Polls

    Quote Originally Posted by bhkad View Post
    I voted YES because the failure to list OTHER means the pollster has thought out all possible options when too often they haven't.

    Polls often reflect the intellect of the pollster. Failing to include an OTHER option when appropriate is a big tip off to someone who hasn't given the poll much thought.
    This is not true.

    The only reason I would do this is because I actually HAVE thought about all possible options and then I find that listing "other" is completely useless and makes the poll too generic.

    When I make a poll without "other" it is because I think that no one who is smart and truly understands the poll would actually answer "other." If a person votes "other" on this type of poll, then they are either undecided or they have not thought it through enough to make a decision, when in fact the reason they give for voting "other" ACTUALLY falls in to the category of "yes" or "no"; these people should not be voting if they are undecided.

    An example of this kind of poll would be:

    "Does your right hand have five fingers?"

    There are ONLY two possible options and answers: yes or no. In this case you CANNOT have "other" because it does not make sense. If you have only three fingers or even six fingers on your right hand then you would still vote "no." The only reason you would vote "yes" is if you do in fact have five fingers on your right hand.

    Unfortunately, bhkad, you answer this question as if every poll is open-ended, when in fact that is untrue. Actually, you're the one looking at polls as black and white.


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    If you really think about it, it does not make sense to answer "other" on this poll. How would that apply?

    I asked people to explain why they voted "other" and I have yet to see an explanation.
    Last edited by Cilogy; 04-04-09 at 04:44 PM.


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    Re: A Poll About Polls

    Quote Originally Posted by Cilogy View Post
    An example of this kind of poll would be:

    "Does your right hand have five fingers?"

    There are ONLY two possible options and answers: yes or no. In this case you CANNOT have "other" because it does not make sense.

    If you really think about it, it does not make sense to answer "other" on this poll. How would that apply?
    Yes, 'other' does apply.

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    Re: A Poll About Polls

    Quote Originally Posted by Grateful Heart View Post
    Yes, 'other' does apply.
    how, specifically?

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    Re: A Poll About Polls

    Quote Originally Posted by Grateful Heart View Post
    Yes, 'other' does apply.
    You have not explained how.


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    Re: A Poll About Polls

    Quote Originally Posted by Cilogy View Post
    You have not explained how.


    Self-explanatory. And no... the answer 'no' is not correct. The correct answer is 'not applicable.'

    Last edited by Grateful Heart; 04-06-09 at 05:28 PM.

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    Re: A Poll About Polls

    Quote Originally Posted by Cilogy View Post
    Is the option "other" necessary on every poll?

    The responses I get to polls I make here got me thinking about certain things concerning poll questions themselves. Maybe I really was doing something wrong after all, or maybe people really are dumb. I don't know.

    Mods, please don't remove this thread. I want everyone to know that this is a serious poll and I'm not intending for it to be a mockery or spam or something to that extent. When answering this question, it does not even have to be about a poll on Debate Politics Forums - Powered by vBulletin, it can be about any poll, anywhere, anytime.

    I really want to see what people think because the results might even help others when they make polls on this board. It would be interesting to find how the results apply outside of this thread, whether it be a poll concerning politics, social policy, religion, culture, etc.

    Answer honestly and put some thought into it.

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    I voted 'yes': Things that appear black and white are not always so.

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    Re: A Poll About Polls

    Quote Originally Posted by Grateful Heart View Post


    Self-explanatory. And no... the answer 'no' is not correct. The correct answer is 'not applicable.'



    Which proves, once again that there are times when the pollster hasn't completely thought the matter through. To get the truth and see all there is to see, it helps to list "Other" as an option.

    Not everyone can do polls successfully.

    OBL 11/24/02

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    Re: A Poll About Polls

    Quote Originally Posted by bhkad View Post


    Which proves, once again that there are times when the pollster hasn't completely thought the matter through. To get the truth and see all there is to see, it helps to list "Other" as an option.

    Not everyone can do polls successfully.
    Ok, now that you are BOTH wrong, maybe I can address this to a larger audience.

    First of all, it is not self-explanatory, and you have yet to explain yourself.

    Second, bhkad, there are some questions that are black and white. I am not saying that "other" shouldn't be on any poll, I am saying that some don't need it.


    Suppose I ask you if something like:

    Is this object yellow?

    You cannot select other because it makes no sense. If you do it means you are undecided and using "other" as an excuse for answering the question without putting enough effort into making decision. The fact that something is yellow or not is a FACT, there is no other.

    I have given you two examples, the yellow example and the fingers example.
    Please explain a reason why someone would select "other" on those questions.


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    Re: A Poll About Polls

    Quote Originally Posted by Cilogy View Post
    Suppose I ask you if something like:
    Is this object yellow?
    ......stupid questions.....
    Last edited by Jerry; 04-06-09 at 07:49 PM.

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