Techdirt Poll:

When News Sites Ask For Demographic Info To View Content, I...

Close the window down without giving them any info / 32% / 373 votes

Answer honestly / 6% / 72 votes

Make up answers (or use example data) / 42% / 481 votes

Send off a nasty email to the site / 0% / 2 votes

I barely surf. I have never seen such a thing / 0% / 2 votes

Set up a website trashing that news source and vow to spend the rest of my life convincing others not to go there / 1% / 12 votes

It depends on the site or info / 18% / 204 votes

I do not remember / 1% / 12 votes

1,158 total votes

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  1. identicon
    bvastard sammy, Nov 16th, 2003 @ 12:55pm

    I ahte demographics!

    If giving demographic information is asked for as a condition of using a news site, or any other site for that matter, it's rare that I give out correct information. Most sites think I'm an 80 year old female school teacher from seattle with a no education and a household income greater than $100,000 a year. There are better ways to get this sort of information from people. I feel justified in messing up their statistics. They deserve what they get if they are going to use those kinds of means to gather demographic information. And if enough people respond this way, then thier database becomes useless. Heh Heh. Bastards...
  2. identicon
    Liannis, Nov 29th, 2003 @ 8:05am

    Re: I ahte demographics!

    Maybe that's what the % error is for..those who will just make up crappy answers. I hardly ever give out real demographic info, because most of the time, I shouldn't have to.
  3. identicon
    Studly Mann, Dec 2nd, 2003 @ 4:05pm

    No Subject Given

    Sometimes I provide anti-demographic responses - changing age, income, interests, whatever... dunno why, but so far I have not been busted for lying to a computer (now, if it is a Federal computer, they may be on their way).
  4. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Dec 10th, 2003 @ 6:07am

    Re: No Subject Given

    But only if it's an evil federal computer.
  5. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Jan 13th, 2004 @ 2:29pm

    How many people live in Anytown?

    I'm at 666 Devil's Hindmost
  6. identicon
    gyn, Jan 20th, 2004 @ 9:05am

    Re: No Subject Given

    Time for a new poll mike. Get off your butt and come up with something. Maybe something about the music industry, and silly putty. Don't know it's your web site.
  7. identicon
    a reader, Feb 4th, 2004 @ 1:14pm

    Another option

    I usually leave a site if I have to answer questions, because
    -- it's usually hard to predict how much time they'll demand
    -- I don't want to remember another password to avoid typing it again
    -- I work on multiple computers and browsers so cookies don't always take

    If the article looks like a good one, though, then I'll sometimes try high-frequency combos like "cypherpunk/password" or "anonymous/anonymous" and such, to see if someone else has already set up such a name.
  8. identicon
    Jack, Feb 25th, 2004 @ 10:02am

    Drugs over wireless web?

    Ordering Prescription drugs over wireless web? It’s true….and the reports on Cialis are even more amazing. CIALIS works within 30 minutes in some patients and can work up to 36 hours! That’s quite astonishing!

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