Before moving on to part 2, I thought it would be instructive and fun to find out a little more about what readers think about debt. Also fun to try out a rather sophisticated free online survey site.
So I have created a four-part survey.
If it works, we may do other surveys or polls in the future. If not … not. You are free of course, to take the good old freedomista MYOB stance, but I’ve tried not to make the questions too intrusive.
The one catch here is that only 50 people can fill the survey out. That’s all that’s allowed with the free version. So go for it soon if you’re so inclined. (UPDATE #2: But we went over 50 after a couple of hours and they’re still accepting input. So …)
I believe I’m the only person who gets to see the survey results. In that case, I’ll report the results here.
But I’m not entirely sure how everything works. So please don’t put in anything personally identifiable.
UPDATE #1: Eighteen people have answered so far and the results are very interesting. Specifics later, when the survey’s done. But to test the survey system, I made each question a different type: the first has an agree/disagree scale, the second is multiple choice, the third asks you to rank various items, and the fourth gives a text box for your answer. Three of the four questions are working well. The ranking question is producing odd results, but it’s probably best just to let that ride now that we’re this far along. (Anyhow, it’s very clear what most people’s #1 choice is.)
UPDATE #2 Well, damn and drat! You guys did such a great job that the survey went over 100 responses (which was apparently the real limit, despite one statement on the survey site saying 50. I figured when it hit the limit, the survey would simply refuse further answers and the company would send me some sort of a “you’ve reached your limit” message. That’s not what happened.
The survey company — damn their bones — accepted answers beyond the limit (101, specifically). Then when I clicked to update results … the bastards a) refused to let me see them and b) told me to upgrade to a $180 annual membership if I wanted to see anything. Sneaky, crappy tactics! Especially given that they, not I, controlled how many answers the survey ultimately received.
The good news is that I did do screenshots of the results some time ago and other than the text comments, results remained remarkably stable as more people weighed in. I’ve sent a message to see if I can be allowed to look one last time at the survey. Meanwhile, I removed the link to it, lest they collect more answers and try to charge me for … I dunno, a five-year membership and a new Tesla. I’ll feel very bad if anybody answered in vain, but even in the worst case I’ll have at least partial results to share with you soon.