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Eileen0594
Contributor

USA
60 Posts

Posted - 11/14/2008 :  5:09:19 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Just did this one, wasn't sure how to answer. After reading their confidentiality stuff was this question:

Do you agree or disagree to the statements above?
(Select one)

Yes
No

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KarynPA
Star Contributor

Middletown, PA
USA
382 Posts

Posted - 11/17/2008 :  3:14:21 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I got one today that asked, "Do you have children?" My choices were; "yes, I have a son(s)" "Yes I have a daughter(s)" or "I don't have children." I couldn't respond appropriately since the form would only allow one response to be checked - I have 2 sons and 1 daughter.

MSPA Gold n4fxv4 -Shopping South-Central PA
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Katie O
Trainee

Oaklyn, NJ
USA
6 Posts

Posted - 11/19/2008 :  06:58:57 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
My personal favorites are the ones only available on-line that ask:

Do you have web access? (Ummm, no...I am part of a secret society that views web pages through the Venuvian mind-meld process. SSHHH! Don't tell anyone!)
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LeaF
Valued Contributor

Brooklyn, NY
USA
196 Posts

Posted - 03/27/2009 :  2:58:00 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Marie, you are so right. Sometimes, I wish I had the option of qualifying my responses. I did a survey that definitely needed/but did not have "none of the above".
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Karan
Star Contributor

Lugoff, SC
USA
2507 Posts

Posted - 03/29/2009 :  2:09:27 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
What drives me crazy are the ones that ask "Would you purchase this product?" I answer "No." The next 25 questions are all about what you will do with the product once you purchase it. Not only are the questions irrelevant, but you cannot proceed on the survey unless you check a box.


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
3100 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2010 :  2:34:07 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
"In the next 12 months will you glue anything?"

I hope not, but it is pretty likely something will require glue.
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Avery
Valued Contributor

Salida, Colorado
USA
180 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2010 :  4:41:09 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I just participated in a survey from one of my favorite sites (PineCone) -- but got caught up in the length of a survey because of two questions they ask which always irk me:

You're shown an array or products, and your supposed to click on the ones which come in a "useful" shape. You have the choice of clicking on any of the products, each of the products, or "none." What irks me is the time-consuming nature of having to click on five or six boxes when the answer is "all." "All" is just not given as a choice!

The other item is where they ask questions geared to "family." As in, "Would you buy this product because your kids would probably like it?" Earlier on in the survey, they ask if there are any people under the age of 18 in my household. Once I've answered that question with "no," why can't the surveys omit all of the questions which force me to reply "don't know," or "maybe"?
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Ray Sola
Volition.com Staff

Prescott, AZ
USA
3100 Posts

Posted - 03/07/2010 :  11:15:32 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
The other item is where they ask questions geared to "family." As in, "Would you buy this product because your kids would probably like it?" Earlier on in the survey, they ask if there are any people under the age of 18 in my household. Once I've answered that question with "no," why can't the surveys omit all of the questions which force me to reply "don't know," or "maybe"?
I agree on that one. You are asked if there are children in the home and say no, then you get a forced response questions about your children with the only choices being like: Strongly Agree - moderately agree - disagree.

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Avery
Valued Contributor

Salida, Colorado
USA
180 Posts

Posted - 03/09/2010 :  9:13:02 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
These things seem to come in waves, don't they?
Here's my newest favorite:

I was applying to a new survey company, one which is focused on organic and natural foods, so I was looking forward to taking part. Until I got to this question:


Q: In the coming year, do you think you will . . . ?
Here are my choices:
Start to use more coupons?
Start to use a shopping list?
Change your preferred store(s) to save more money?
Stock up on essentials, (canned goods, frozen food & paper products) more to save money and reduce number of trips?


Problem is, I ALREADY do all four of these things! So I tried to go to the next page without clicking on anything, and I couldn't because "Some of the required questions have not been answered." So, my only option would be to state an untruth in order to progress further! What a lovely way to ask people for their opinions. It's like, if you're already organized, or use coupons they don't want your opinion. Maybe what they were looking for is that I'd be willing to change preferred store(s) to save money? I already shop at the least expensive stores in my area, so that would not be the truth!

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Jnanne
Star Contributor

LA
USA
3052 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2010 :  06:25:26 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
In theory, if another store became the least expensive place to shop? If so, then you are not telling an untruth if you say, yes, you would be willing to switch stores to save money. Just because you are willing doesn't mean the opportunity to make the change is going to come along.

But I agree, the wording of the questions could be improved considerably.

Jnanne
Silver certified
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Ray Sola
Volition.com Staff

Prescott, AZ
USA
3100 Posts

Posted - 03/11/2010 :  1:06:00 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Are you familiar with any of these brands?
List of 20 brands, which I knew almost all of.

next question:
What is your experience with cheese made by these brands?
possible answers were
    recently had
    tried in the past
    heard of but never tried


OK, I said that I have heard of Acme, but I had no idea Acme made cheese, so I've not only never tried it, I've never heard of it.

It also asked me about my buying different types of cheese just for the kids.
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Ray Sola
Volition.com Staff

Prescott, AZ
USA
3100 Posts

Posted - 08/02/2010 :  09:49:09 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Screening question: "Are you a primary user of most of the major appliances in your household?"

I think we all equally use the air conditioner and heater, eat out of the fridge, etc. My wife does more of the laundry, but I do more of the cooking. I went with yes.
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Ray Sola
Volition.com Staff

Prescott, AZ
USA
3100 Posts

Posted - 08/02/2010 :  09:52:29 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Just did a whole survey with:

Are you familiar with the company whose logo is this

All the logos had the name of the company as the logo or part of it, like FORD, Starbucks, Macy's, Tyson, Wall Street Journal.

Answer YES

Next question:
What is the name of the company which uses this logo?
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Ray Sola
Volition.com Staff

Prescott, AZ
USA
3100 Posts

Posted - 10/01/2010 :  10:43:02 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Have you bought any PRODUCT CATEGORY NAME in the last year?

No.

Of the PRODUCT CATEGORY NAME you bought in the last year, how many were ....?
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Carrie711
Valued Contributor

Citrus County, Florida
USA
154 Posts

Posted - 10/02/2010 :  05:56:39 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I just answered a survey which asked what industry I worked in.
I had to answer "other."
The next question asked what my company did.
I checked "other."
The next page had a box to enter what my company did.
I entered "I am retired. I do not work but you don't have a box for this. You are idiots. I am so much smarter than you!"

It felt so good doing this!

Carrie
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Avery
Valued Contributor

Salida, Colorado
USA
180 Posts

Posted - 07/25/2011 :  5:04:01 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I've got one that's just GOT to take the prize for one of the dumbest bits of formatting ever!

The survey starts out asking regular questions, like "what country do you live in?" with a list of choices, and "what is your zip code?" with a blank to fill in.

Next, "How old are you?" with the option of scrolling down a list to your age:

1 Years Old
2 Years Old
3 Years Old
4 Years Old
5 Years Old
6 Years Old
7 Years Old
8 Years Old
etc. etc.

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SheilaC
Star Contributor

Philadelphia, PA
USA
274 Posts

Posted - 07/27/2011 :  7:52:38 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I'm always confused with the ones about "New" products.
"How much do you think you will like this product?"
No answer for, "Not at all. I'm into wasting my money on lousy products."

"The first time you purchase this product how many will you buy?"
I like the range being from 1 to 8........ I'd LOVE to buy 8 of a product I have never tried before!
And the ones for dog/cat food. It doesn't matter how much I will like it.... I'm not tasting it no matter what you say!
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Ray Sola
Volition.com Staff

Prescott, AZ
USA
3100 Posts

Posted - 08/28/2011 :  10:54:09 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
19: *Including today, how many times have you visited the XXXX XXXX website in the past three months?
    This is my first visit ever
    1 time
    2 times
    3-5 times
    6-10 times
    11 or more times


if you are including today would not the first 2 answers be the same?

what they probably meant was:
    This is my first visit ever
    1 time in the last 3 months, but not my first visit
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Karan
Star Contributor

Lugoff, SC
USA
2507 Posts

Posted - 11/11/2011 :  07:15:16 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I just took a survey for Nielsen: See my response to them at the end of the survey:

"You asked where I was born (United States) and the next question asked where originally born and you did not give me the option to check United States again. Please proof the questions better. I could only get past it by checking another country. I was born, raised and continue to live in the United States."

Some days I just want to scream!!

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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CorrieS
Star Contributor

Briarwood, NY
USA
933 Posts

Posted - 06/14/2012 :  08:45:18 AM  Send CorrieS an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
In the past few days I have gotten several surveys requiring me to enter the ages of all my children (I have 4) using checkboxes. I checked off <Boy - 1 Year>, <Boy - 4 Years>, <Boy - 12 years>, <Girl - 9 years>. The next question was "We understand you have a teen, aged 13-17. Is he/she available to help you with this survey?" What? Uhh, no. There was no option for "I don't have a child that age" so I terminated the survey. This happened two times in a row.

Corrie S.
MSPA Silver Certified
shopping NYC & Nassau County... and willing to travel...
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