Forum Poll Questions

Michael Behrens michael.behrens at
Tue Feb 19 22:19:04 UTC 2008

On Feb 19, 2008 5:04 PM, Onno Benschop <onno at> wrote:

> >
> > You don't need to talk about products. Just the architecture would be
> > interesting. The Sun servers in question are sparc. so the question may
> > be - i386, amd64, or sparc?
> >
> > dave
> >
> I suppose that it depends on what kind of data you're trying to capture.

i386 / amd64 == x86 in the overall sense of things, yes there are
but I think if we create too many options, we will turn people off.

As for sparc, yes, there are certainly sparc users, in fact there are
ppc users (I just installed -server ppc myself on a test machine).

I think the best way is to have the final item in that list be

* Other (Please Specify)

That is, the original question was in a round-about kind of way asking
> about brands and presumably coverage within those brands to see if
> something falls out of the bottom, that is perhaps we'll see something
> like: "We know that 50% of our servers are run on HP hardware."
> The path Dave is taking is one of CPU/architecture.
> They're two different kinds of questions.

Agreed, they are two very different questions and while we are
likely to be addressing a technical audience with the survey, we cannot
garrauntee that, therefore it should be, IMO as general as possible, which
means sticking to brands.

  | I should also point out that more questions isn't always better. It

> might be useful to look at other such surveys so we can compare results
> between our survey and those conducted by others.

Yes, This survey is again, my opinion, to give us a baseline on the
>From there we can branch out and apply what we have learned, or correlate
it to other surveys.

> Finally, having conducted several ICT surveys myself in the past, it
> would in my opinion be beneficial for the survey outcome, to contact a
> statistician before you send out the survey to see if you missed any
> design issues.

Do we have an stats people on the team? or do we have the resources
to have one involved?  I think those are two primary issues which we would
face in order to do so.  I do not disagree with the idea however.

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