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May 17, 2004

Curbstone demographics. Henry Copeland’s Blogads.com, the outfit that manages the ads that appear on Electrolite and Making Light, is doing a survey of weblog readers; if you feel like participating, click here.

Blogads has been easy to work with; they give us complete control over which ads actually appear on our sites, and our share of the revenue gets PayPalled to us with welcome regularity. We’re not planning any round-the-world voyages based on the proceeds, but they have helped defray the costs of our growing traffic. So we encourage you to take their survey. Of course, in our increasingly privacy-free society, there’s always the chance that this data is secretly being diverted to shadowy world-government organizations for use by the orbital mind-control lasers, so don’t let us pressure you or fnord anything. Also, the answer to question #22 is “Electrolite and Making Light.” Thank you for your time, and one of our underground agents will be contacting you soon. [01:29 PM]

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Mary Kay ::: (view all by) ::: May 17, 2004, 03:18 PM:

Sorry, Eschaton got to me sooner. I did however, put you down as my favorite blog.


Jeremy Leader ::: (view all by) ::: May 17, 2004, 03:38 PM:

I would have, but when I click on the "Next" link after question 10, it says:

This survey is currently closed.

Please contact the author of this survey for further assistance.

Jeremy Leader ::: (view all by) ::: May 17, 2004, 03:55 PM:

Update, a few minutes later: I tried clicking "Next" again, and it got into a redirect loop. So I went back and re-loaded the first page, and it showed me the 2nd page. Clicking "Next" on the 2nd page also looped. Re-loading the first page no longer seems to work. Re-clicking on the link Patrick gives above also leads to a redirect loop.

Keith ::: (view all by) ::: May 17, 2004, 04:37 PM:

I haven't taken an online survey since 1978. that's when I first saw the fnords. They ate this guy I was rooming with. left nothing but skin and teeth behind.

Bill Higgins-- Beam Jockey ::: (view all by) ::: May 17, 2004, 04:50 PM:

Last week an on-line survey came in from my alma mater, asking what became of alumni from the physics department. I dutifully filled it out.

Today a T-shirt arrived: heather, XL, NOTRE DAME PHYSICS, Feynman diagram where you'd expect a logo. Coming soon to a con near you.

Nice reward for a few minutes of my attention.

Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: May 17, 2004, 05:05 PM:

I haven't seen a fnord in years. I'm pinin' for 'em, but then I stun easily.

Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: May 17, 2004, 05:07 PM:

I think there were some brief technical problems with the survey, now resolved. Also, you no longer have to state your income.

Keith: "As if by the talons of some enormous beast!"

Nancy Hanger ::: (view all by) ::: May 17, 2004, 09:52 PM:

Okay, I was dutiful. I clicked.

I watched a screen with a rolling/blinking image say "Updating" for 2 full minutes. Then I gave up.

I did try!

Epacris ::: (view all by) ::: May 18, 2004, 04:34 AM:

Xopher: As you *pine, whether or not your plumage has retained its full beauty*, you still easily stun us.

*Joy of Internet - no one can tell :)

Jordin Kare ::: (view all by) ::: May 18, 2004, 01:12 PM:

I'm with Xopher. A fnord is a long, narrow inlet in the coast of Jorway. And blemish is the official language of Felgium.

Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: May 18, 2004, 01:42 PM:

Bravo, Nordin.

Epacris ::: (view all by) ::: May 18, 2004, 08:23 PM:

Did survey OK. One suggestion for them is to give you an idea of how far through it you are. Have often hit this problem with online surveys. Did one where they had a "progress bar" one each page & it was a real help.

I was starting to run short of time when I hit the page with the whole list of blogs that you had to say how often you used. Almost bailed out right then, because I didn't know it was the last one, and I didn't think I'd be able to finish it in time, especially if there were other equally long lists -- with decisions, not just male/female, home/work stuff -- on the way.

James Angove finds comment spam ::: (view all by) ::: October 26, 2004, 09:44 AM:

Oh. Never mind my previous crack about seeming topicality. Damn thing just stripped out part of Bill Higgins comment and resused it to give the illusion of participation. Its cunning, in a pathetic kind of way.

I'm really disappointed. I was really ready to welcome the era of my new spambot masters.