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When should you vote on this forum?

Take part in our whisky polls and votes. You can also post your own polls in this forum.

If you are faced with a whisky poll and you have not tried all of the items listed do you:

Vote anyway from the limited experience you have had
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36%
Not vote because you have not tried them all
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47%
Vote randomly or based on hearsay
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17%
 
Total votes : 36

When should you vote on this forum?

Postby ClubSmed » Mon Aug 24, 2009 9:20 am

Nearly every poll I come across on here has at least one option that I have no personal experience with. This got me thinking as to what the etiquette for voting is here.
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Re: When should you vote on this forum?

Postby borgom » Mon Aug 24, 2009 9:25 am

I try not to vote unless I have some experience of all options but it does depend on the original question.
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Re: When should you vote on this forum?

Postby whiteshirt » Mon Aug 24, 2009 9:45 am

If I have got no experience of the question asked.
I do not vote.
The poll however sometimes has a bearing on my future whisky buying .
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Re: When should you vote on this forum?

Postby lockejn » Mon Aug 24, 2009 1:06 pm

I didn't vote in this poll because my policy is a bit more complicated. Usually I'll vote if I have experience with, say, 85% or more of the options. This is highly variable depending on how many options there are and my sense for what the pollster is trying to accomplish. I would absolutely not vote with experience less than about 60%.

Polls often have so many choices very few respondents could possibly have experience with all of them. So I infer that a little less experience is acceptable to the pollster. When it's clear, based on the options and the framing of the question, that the pollster is a bit more serious I behave accordingly and will probably only vote with 100% experience.

It all comes down to a judgment call as to whether I believe my experience (limited or not) will lend something useful to the results without skewing them unfairly.
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Re: When should you vote on this forum?

Postby Ganga » Mon Aug 24, 2009 5:47 pm

Fan of the Chaos Theory. :P

Too many options: covered

Ok, so many of the polls are left open ended in time frame. My tastes may change, the quality of the contents may change. My experience is always growing. And yet the poll from 5 years ago is still open. What happens when you have a change of heart? You can't recast or edit your vote.

I feel that there is a little chaos already built into most polls anyway.
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Re: When should you vote on this forum?

Postby Wub » Mon Aug 24, 2009 6:10 pm

Ganga wrote:I feel that there is a little chaos already built into most polls anyway.


So you're the one who voted "random"?

I don't take polls too seriously. Aren't they just meant to be fun? I'll vote even if I haven't experienced all of the options (though I won't vote if I've experienced none of them).
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Re: When should you vote on this forum?

Postby Ganga » Mon Aug 24, 2009 7:50 pm

:mrgreen:

If the polls are set up to get good feedback, then they should be defined in such a manner than anyone can vote. Also, limit the time frame as people's likes/dislikes change as does the product being put on the shelves - Macallan 12 is a good example.

I agree, most of the polls are just fun but the discussion that can evolve from them can be quite interesting and informative.
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Re: When should you vote on this forum?

Postby Swedish Chef » Tue Aug 25, 2009 10:21 pm

I usually vote, but will write in my post that I've only tried X number of the options.
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Re: When should you vote on this forum?

Postby pkt77242 » Thu Aug 27, 2009 2:25 am

I vote if I feel that I can be helpful or have a decent level of experience with the question. It can be a little tricky because the majority of us usually don't have knowledge of the options. So I say use your best judgement.

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Re: When should you vote on this forum?

Postby The Third Dram » Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:08 pm

pkt77242 wrote:I vote if I feel that I can be helpful or have a decent level of experience with the question... So I say use your best judgement.

Agree 100% with you, Sean.

The nature of any number of polls often precludes one's ability to offer a totally comprehensive response.
But this fact alone should not necessarily prevent the offering of one's takes on those posted options one does have experience with.
After all, isn't a forum all about sharing good knowledge and solidly based opinions?
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Re: When should you vote on this forum?

Postby Plastiquehomme » Sun Aug 30, 2009 3:51 am

Swedish Chef wrote:I usually vote, but will write in my post that I've only tried X number of the options.


I'm much the same - I will usually vote if I have experience with a few of the options, but I'll make clear that that is what I am doing. I think a partial opinion can be relevant, as long as people know that that is what you are doing.
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Re: When should you vote on this forum?

Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Aug 30, 2009 3:59 am

I never vote, because none of the options ever fit. That includes this poll.
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Re: When should you vote on this forum?

Postby p_elliott » Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:36 pm

This is a stupid poll, if the options don't fit I don't I don't vote. Just like this one.
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Re: When should you vote on this forum?

Postby lockejn » Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:05 pm

p_elliott wrote:This is a stupid poll, if the options don't fit I don't I don't vote. Just like this one.

Well don't hold anything back. Let us know how you really feel. :o
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Re: When should you vote on this forum?

Postby Muskrat Portage » Wed Nov 11, 2009 5:16 am

Personally, I feel that everyone has the opportunity to vote in polls whether their experience covers a few of the options or all of them. I would not limit someones' involvement in any poll I set up - they will always have something to share (whether I concur with their opinion or not.)

Some Whisky is not always available worldwide, and I would rather vote and comment on the ones I know than ignore a poll someone may have put a lot of effort into.

Of course if I have no experience with the subject, I just lurk on the sidelines without polling and see what information will be shared.

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PS: And I always delight in whatever gems Mr Tattieheid comes up with!
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Re: When should you vote on this forum?

Postby les taylor » Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:59 pm

Do you think Mr T would vote in a poll? If it was should we have polls.

YES

or


NO.
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Re: When should you vote on this forum?

Postby Reggaeblues » Wed Nov 11, 2009 6:37 pm

Sorry Les, I'm not sure I get your second option.

Are you saying "should Mr. T be allowed to vote in polls with more than one option?"

or "should we have polls at all?"

either way, my answer would be "yes and no".

Oh I getcha! You mean "If the poll was "should we have polls" would Mr. T vote?

Actually, the poll question "When should you vote on this forum?"
is a bit misleading.

It either suggests "Before or after midnight?"

or "when drunk or sober?"

Sorry, it's been one of those days...
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Re: When should you vote on this forum?

Postby Reggaeblues » Wed Nov 11, 2009 6:39 pm

BTW I voted option 1.

But the way i feel right now I suggest a 4th option:

"Do you rush out and try all the options you haven't yet tried?"
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Re: When should you vote on this forum?

Postby AdamMY » Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:34 pm

p_elliott wrote:This is a stupid poll, if the options don't fit I don't I don't vote. Just like this one.


Not sure how long you've been reading the polls, but I think the question is a rather good one, and one to judge how people behave towards polls in the forum.

I went for the don't vote unless I've tried them all. Which is probably why I'm not that active on this page, as I don't have the years of trying whiskey behind me.
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