THIS is a bad poll (explain)
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.
A message to everyone
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.
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.