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Ray Sola
Volition.com Staff

Prescott, AZ
USA
3099 Posts

Posted - 06/26/2006 :  2:34:17 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Sometimes even I don't know what category to put a post in. Does this belong under "$ Earning Opportunities" as that is where we discuss all the survey firms and money we make from taking surveys or as a Random Thought?

Every time I take a survey and see a particularly stupid question I think to start this topic. So, I finally am doing it. Post the funniest or stupidest questions or ones that just cannot be answered.

Here is the one I got today:

In the past three months, have you participated in a study of memory loss?

I don't remember taking one. Or did I?


And for the stupidest question ever. On a survey taken online, the question was:

"Have you used the internet for any reason in the last 3 months?"


As for cannot answer, I get lots of those. Here is one from last week that I wrote the company about:

Which of the following activities/facilities have you used in the past 12 months?

NONE was not an option nor had I used any of them.

KellyBear
Star Contributor

Fairfax, VA
USA
1198 Posts

Posted - 06/26/2006 :  3:03:56 PM  Send KellyBear an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
I think my favorite are the kind that ask you a question, to which you reply "no," then they continue to ask as if you'd said "Yes."

Example: Did you eat rice cakes in the last 3 months?
Answer: No
Next question: Which brands of rice cakes have you purchased? (NONE is not an answer)

I often get this question about kids. "Do you have any children?"
No.
"Would this product appeal to your children?"

Uhhhh...
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Ray Sola
Volition.com Staff

Prescott, AZ
USA
3099 Posts

Posted - 06/26/2006 :  3:36:08 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I forgot about the children questions. They crop up everywhere. You are doing a whole survey about some new flavor of rice cake and then there is a series of

Please rate these on a scale of 1 to 7. 1 is completely agree and 7 is completely disagree.

I would buy this. 6

This is something I would eat in public 4

then...

This is a product I would buy for my children. ?

Que? Who said I have children?




How about:

Did you eat rice cakes in the last 3 months?
Answer: No

In the next year will you consume
less
about the same
more
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Katiee
Contributor

USA
76 Posts

Posted - 06/26/2006 :  5:45:36 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I just completed a survey yesterday that had me smiling through the whole thing. It was clear from the introduction that this survey had been translated into English -- my guess is it was originally in Japanese. I can't remember precisely what was written to give an example, but a few questions really had me guessing what they were asking. The opener said something along the lines of: we are satisfied that you chose to thoughtfully share to us your idea. Forgive but we ask more moment of time from you.

Did anyone else get this one??

Katiee
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Marie In Chicago
Mega Contributor

Chicago, IL
USA
62076 Posts

Posted - 06/26/2006 :  6:36:13 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
The survey's that drive me nutty are the ones pertaining to the current new product the company is introducing that hasn't even hit the store shelves yet.
How can I recommend the said product to someone, advise how many I'd buy or give it a scale grade when I haven't even held it in my hand yet, smelled it, tasted it or the like! It's really guess work and not actual honest grading.
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Karan
Star Contributor

Lugoff, SC
USA
2507 Posts

Posted - 06/27/2006 :  12:23:57 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Or the Viagra Survey:

Male or Female
Answer: Female

then the survey continued with all the "male" questions. Oh well, I pretended to be a male and played along.


Karan now residing in the Palmetto State
MSPA GOLD CERTIFIED
UNDERCOVER VIDEO SPECIALIST
{Shopping Columbia and surrounding Richland and Kershaw Counties}
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Ray Sola
Volition.com Staff

Prescott, AZ
USA
3099 Posts

Posted - 07/27/2006 :  1:18:51 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
For each type of communication, please indicate the place where you are most likely to experience that particular contact.

Answers are:
  • At Home
  • At Work
  • In A Store/Mall


Questions include:
  • In-Store posters/flyers near product displays

  • Movie Advertising or Theater Lobby Displays

  • One on One demonstration at events

  • Person in the store offering information or coupon for product


Yes, I normally see "In-Store posters/flyers" in my home. And demo people ring my bell and hand me coupons all the time.

Did anyone read these questions?
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Marie In Chicago
Mega Contributor

Chicago, IL
USA
62076 Posts

Posted - 08/22/2006 :  06:45:56 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
This goes along with my earlier post. Today I'm doing a lengthy survey to try a new product that will be hitting the store shelves soon. I watched a video about it. I have no product in hand with this survey other than that (the video and facts)

Here are 2 questions that make me

Is better tasting than any others?
Is great tasting?

Think if I say the screen tastes the same that will be acceptable?
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KellyBear
Star Contributor

Fairfax, VA
USA
1198 Posts

Posted - 08/22/2006 :  09:18:47 AM  Send KellyBear an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
I agree--those make me want to scream.

"Here is a new product. Here is the hyped-up advertising text for it. Here's what's in it (kind of)."

Now...

Is this product filling? Great tasting? Too bland? Too dry? Too messy? Crispy? Mushy?

I realize they're trying to get a feel for what the advertisement gets across to us, but seriously... So what if I think the ad indicates it might be crispy. Nowhere can I indicate whether this is a good or bad quality for this product to have.
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Ray Sola
Volition.com Staff

Prescott, AZ
USA
3099 Posts

Posted - 08/23/2006 :  3:48:35 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I just did a question where it would only work if I had only 2 grandparents.

both of my grandparents were born outside the USA, and my parents were born...

1 or both of my grandparents were born in the USA, and my parents were born...

1 or both of my grandparents were born in the USA, and my parents were born...

etc.

I sent them an email asking how many grandparents people in the study should have.
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Ray Sola
Volition.com Staff

Prescott, AZ
USA
3099 Posts

Posted - 02/28/2007 :  2:59:37 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Are you, yourself, the person in your household who does most of the grocery shopping for your household, or not?
(Select one.)

Yes
No




For anyone who does not see the problem:
The "or not" makes the answer always be YES.

If you are the shopper, the answer is yes.
If you are not the shopper, the answer is yes.
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LindaCulp
Star Contributor

Portland, Oregon
USA
2339 Posts

Posted - 03/14/2007 :  12:58:57 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Don't get me started . . . I could go on and on. Luckily, I can't remember any specific questions/answers to share here that haven't already been mentioned.

I think the problem with most survey writers is they don't think through all the possible answers well enough. In addition, I think in general they should always add "none of the above, all of the above, none, and/or other" as choices to almost every question, whenever applicable. Survey writers either don't think outside the box enough, or they're only looking for certain answers and don't care about all the various exceptions that might crop up.

Happily shopping the Portland, Oregon metro area!
~MSPA *Gold* Certified, 2003~
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Marlena77
Member

Revere, Massachusetts
USA
32 Posts

Posted - 03/17/2007 :  10:57:36 PM  Visit Marlena77's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
I have to agree with everyone here!

But the surveys that are on a particular topic let's say "shopping" and once you get into the survey the questions have absolutely NOTHING to do with shopping! Mind-blowing to say the least.
I've done a couple like these recently and i thought for a quick moment that I was crazy! Example - What other uses can a paper clip be used for? Now folks tell me what does that have to do with shopping!

Sometimes the questions are just plain silly i usually find myself falling asleep during, LOL!


Marlena
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Ray Sola
Volition.com Staff

Prescott, AZ
USA
3099 Posts

Posted - 03/11/2008 :  6:48:25 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Do you own your own home or not?

Yes.
No.


If you own your own home, the answer is YES.
If you do NOT, then the answer is also YES.
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Avery
Valued Contributor

Salida, Colorado
USA
180 Posts

Posted - 03/18/2008 :  10:53:18 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by LindaCulp

..... [cropped for length]....
I think the problem with most survey writers is they don't think through all the possible answers well enough. ....
Survey writers either don't think outside the box enough, or they're only looking for certain answers and don't care about all the various exceptions that might crop up.
I couldn't agree more! Here's my contribution:

Often, when I'm signing up for a new survey company, they'll ask what kind of company I work for, what size it is, how many employees, etc. After I've entered "self-employed" and "work from home" and "zero or one" for employees, the questionnaire doesn't have a "skip" function and proceeds to ask all sorts of questions about how many computers, fax machines, office locations, etc. I particularly "enjoy" having to click "yes" or "no" on twenty or more items which ask if I'm the one "responsible" for purchasing decisions regarding (...). Being the "sole proprietor" and "sole" employee, I wonder who they think would be making all of these decisions, and why don't they have an "all of the above" button?

Then there are the questions about how much traveling I do. After I've said that I have not traveled at all during the past year, the survey continues to ask how much of my traveling was for business or personal, whether I belong to frequent flier clubs, etc. etc.

I think that the problem may be that SOME really good surveys are interactive, and actually "read" your answers to tailor the next part of the survey, while most of the "el cheapo" surveys just have canned questions without regard to the individual answers given.

I must admit, I haven't yet encountered the "or not" version of questions. What I do encounter about 1/3 of the time is surveys which ask up front what your age is and where you live, and then, in the last third of the survey, ask you how old you are and where you live. What a great use of my time!
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Sandra Wright
Star Contributor

Arlington, VA
USA
2087 Posts

Posted - 04/01/2008 :  01:14:02 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ray Sola

For each type of communication, please indicate the place where you are most likely to experience that particular contact.

Answers are:
  • At Home
  • At Work
  • In A Store/Mall


Questions include:
  • In-Store posters/flyers near product displays

  • Movie Advertising or Theater Lobby Displays

  • One on One demonstration at events

  • Person in the store offering information or coupon for product


Yes, I normally see "In-Store posters/flyers" in my home. And demo people ring my bell and hand me coupons all the time.

Did anyone read these questions?
Oh, My choice would be home hehe thats pretty funny.

Sandy C
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MelanieLM
Valued Contributor

Carriere, MS
USA
101 Posts

Posted - 04/09/2008 :  4:35:52 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I had one a few days ago-

Recently you told us you are female, is that still true? Yes or No.

Kinda gave me a giggle.

Melanie
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Ray Sola
Volition.com Staff

Prescott, AZ
USA
3099 Posts

Posted - 07/28/2008 :  5:33:55 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I just did one that showed company logos and asked:

Are you familiar with this company?

If you said YES, it then asked

What is the name of this company?

What is the slogan of this company?

and a bunch of questions about how you felt about them.


Most of them were like the HGTV logo, which is just the letters HGTV. What is the name? Duh, HGTV.

This was the best:


What is the name of this company?

What is the slogan of this company?
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Avery
Valued Contributor

Salida, Colorado
USA
180 Posts

Posted - 07/30/2008 :  2:49:26 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I just did a long one which asked a lot of questions comparing laundry detergents. A whole series of questions were along the lines of "does this brand work better or worse than the others?"

Then, instead of having three choices for each, the choices were:
EITHER "yes, works better" or "no, doesn't work better" for each brand
OR "don't know" for all brands

How silly is that?
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Avery
Valued Contributor

Salida, Colorado
USA
180 Posts

Posted - 08/22/2008 :  5:31:34 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
What I wonder about is that you'd think these people would read about themselves on a forum like this and fix this silly problem.

I had one today which asked:

"Were you born in the United States, or not?"

Yes
No

As has been noted, being born here, my answer is Yes and No at the same time!
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LisaOV
Star Contributor

MN
USA
2659 Posts

Posted - 08/28/2008 :  4:00:37 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MelanieLM

I had one a few days ago-

Recently you told us you are female, is that still true? Yes or No.

Kinda gave me a giggle.
Fell on the floor over this one!
I had one once that asked if you, yourself use toilet paper.

Made me wonder!
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