Palo Alto Online Survey Palo Alto Issues, posted by Peter, a resident of the Southgate neighborhood, on May 26, 2007 at 3:46 pm
As with most surveys of this type, especially ones that require me to fill them out before I can enter the site or to leave a cookie on my computer, I insert meaningless information every time. I understand the desire of the site's management to collect information to use to make choices about the worth of their business model but the method irritates me, and I don't like to have my movements on the site tracked.
Posted by joyce, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on May 28, 2007 at 4:34 am
I didn't see that survey, but I am not thrilled when some random site requires that I "register" before getting access, and asks for a lot of personal information, like my household income, so I also make stuff up.
Esp. a tv site survey, where you know they think anyone over 40 doesn't count, so I automatically become 30 with a very good income on those sites.
Posted by JFP, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on May 28, 2007 at 8:52 am
I am not a big fan of surveys either, and this one was worse, because it is very badly implemented. First, if your browser was not set to accept cookies, you got a blank page. The page should at least tell the user that you have to set your browser to accept cookies. I was able to figure it out, because I work for a web company, other people might not have been so lucky. Secondly, after completing the survey I was redirected to an error page. That's not a good user experience.
The biggest mistake, though, is in making the survey mandatory. All that does is ensure that you gather a lot of garbage data. In the end, voluntary surveys provide better data.