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Official SURVEY.NET Policy
There aren't a whole lot of rules around here. You are encouraged to fully express your
opinions in filling out surveys, specifying comments and editorial, however, there
are a few things to note:
This is extremely important, and I will take action against anyone caught spamming or attempting to taint the survey data. Logs are maintained of all activity, and while the actual survey data is anonymous, I can clearly identify malicious activity and multiple submissions of surveys - when this happens I will BAN you (or possibly your ENTIRE system) from participating in any surveys, and will notify your Service Provider and give them evidence of this activity - while I might not be able to tell exactly who the person is doing the dirty-work, with the cooperation of an ISP, a person can be identified and action can and will be taken.
It is only with displeasure that I occasionally have to take this sort of action, and it's not very often; the system's ability to "weed out" bad and redundant surveys is pretty good at automating this process, but even when an attempt fails, the activity is logged and I will ban users who have these "red flags."
SURVEY.NET is only as good as the DATA we accumulate - and anyone attempting to taint the survey data by spamming or submitting multiple forms is undermining everybody else's hard work, as well as my own. This will not be tolerated, and it's probably illegal under many jurisdictions.
With the entire world community able to participate in our surveys, it would be hypocritical and unrealistic to impose any sort of "moral guidelines" regarding what people can and cannot say. As a result, there's no telling what kind of comments you might find, so keep this in mind. On the other hand, if you're not somewhat offended by something on this site, that's a sign that we're not doing as good of a job - because we aim to attract a diverse group of people to SURVEY.NET, and we don't expect them to all have homogenous opinions on the issues.
Sometimes, this activity is legitimate - other times it is not. If all of a sudden, the results of a survey dramatically change, I will need some evidence to indicate WHY before I allow the trend to continue. Generally, this tends to be the result of some organized group aggressively directing people towards the site. As long as they follow SURVEY.NET Policy and each respondent is unique, if they provide evidence of their campaign to direct users to the survey, I will allow the results to stand. (This evidence can come in a variety of forms: providing me with a URL from an active site which shows redirection of people to SURVEY.NET, copies of mailing list correspondence, etc.)
Generally, when a survey's results dramatically change, I feel compelled to notify the community (usually in the Letters page) of this occurance and what's going on. I often incite people on both sides of the fence: some who complain about my action or exposure, and others who are upset that the survey data doesn't appear to be accurate or representative. At the present time, I reserve the right to take some sort of action in these circumstances; if you don't like it - I'm sorry, but my priority is to protect the integrity of the data and the collection process. Sometimes this means exposing campaigns to exploit SURVEY.NET; other times it involves defending unrealistic data that was properly submitted to SURVEY.NET. As long as each respondent is unique, I have no choice but to allow the survey results to stand.
If anything, SURVEY.NET has as a goal, to make more people aware of the diversity of humanity, and that ultimately we should all respect each others' opinions regardless of whether they coalesce with our own. Every person on this earth has at least one pearl of wisdom that if shared, may help somebody else. If SURVEY.NET can act as a catalyst in helping people further understand humanity and society, we all might make the world a better place in one way or another. If we have a "hidden agenda", this is it.
For more information, consult the SURVEY.NET Frequently-Asked Questions page.