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“Hello Trail Talk member,
I am asking you a question about the content of trail talk, and how you would like it handled. This same poll is being sent to many Trail Talk members as means to gather information on how the people who post the most would like this site kept. Keep in mind, I am not the web master, I can only display the results of the poll, I cannot make any changes in the way trail talk is ran. Your personal answer will not be told to any one else (as if any one gives a damn), I will keep them private. Results will be calculated shortly. In order for them to be counted you have to return your answer with out hesitation. All ballots returned after the 24th of October 2001, will be voided. All ballot must be sent to my e-mail address of Dom_corleone@hotmail.com. You may only vote once. Please include your trail handle; I don?t know every one by first name.
Some TT members did not get my e-mail last night because I couldn?t find your e-mail address on the threads, nor did I want to search all day for them. I sent out about 50 e-mails, but there are over 150 people on TT, so I sent the e-mail to the most common posters, but if you didn?t get it, please don?t feel hurt. We still love yah, I just couldn?t find your e-mail or I felt that you haven?t posted in ages so it wasn?t worth sending the poll to you.
Do you as a Trail Talk member, see that topics of personal matters, current events, politics and religion play a large part in Trail Talks domination over other backpacking message boards, and that the day to day chatter keeps this board energetic.
Please first answer yes or no, then you may write me why you chose yes or no if you wish.
“OK Al, let's go to the instant replay!
Since polls involve statistics, here are some:
Thread- # posts in last 7 days
I'm screwed - 54
Hidden Agenda Poll - 58
Case of the missing newgirl- 69
Controversial subjects- 108
Anyone else still up? 108
Is Steve Hiker banned? 132
newgirl exclusive interview 139
Jordan River hike 24
West River trail (PA) 21
Sleeping bag w/built-in pad 10
Hiking club 5
Head lamp? 2
More new gear? 1
I realize that some of these threads go back quite a ways, but I think it's quite clear what TT'ers want to discuss (i.e., any bloody thing they want). Don't even get me started on the Lime Green Jello thread!”
“I'm really not sure what this is supposed to prove, or even where this is coming from. Why does Tea feel he needs to poll the "regulars"? Is Matt not capable of deciding how to run this site? Is Tea not getting enough homework at school?
My response is mind your business Tea and let Matt run his site. Go ahead and "voided" my post if you want.”
“I, Buddur, as a Trail Talk member, see that topics of personal splatters, current laments, politics and religion delay a large fart in Trail Talks abomination over other backpacking message boards, and that the night to day tatter keeps this gord energetic.”
“Tea, I know you are going to "voided" this, but I think we should discuss everything under the sun and some of the things above it. I like fresh air, pretty unspoiled places, drinking far from civilization, and laying around nude in a hotspring as much as the next guy, but you can only discuss it so far. People have "whole" lives and bping isn't the only thing happening in them. Also, don't you have homework that should be cutting into your poll tallying time? What happened to the girl on the track bus? Shouldn't she be hangin' out with you?”
I'm doing this for the next time that some one says this should be a backpacking only site we will have exact facts to argue with. And I my self feel very strongly that this site shold remian how it is, with out censhershim”
“I see dat topics uh personal matters, current events, politics 'n religion play a phat part in Trail Raps dominashun upside oda' backpackin' message bo'ds, 'n dat da damn day t'day chatta' keeps dis bo'd energetic. Co' got d' beat!”
“I hate self appointed authorities. Matt runs this board and it's not a democracy. Apparently the little brat from NJ didn't read the thread where Matt explained that there were far more lurkers who visited the site than "regulars". This whole regular pole thing is nothing more than an immature waist of time and bandwidth.”
“Is it? or are you missing the point of this poll? This poll is to gain information to be stored in the ice tea's valt of debating info. A commen debte on TT is that there is far to man non-backpacking related topics. When these debates arise we all state our opinions and then the thread dies out, but a genneral censuis of the TT people is never known. My goal is to gain that informationof the TT population and when a debate is stricken up about the content I will have facts to use and not just opions. It was once stated to my self by other TTers that you can never post a fact with out a refferrains; for this cause we need straight up numbers.
I have not inttended to self appoint my self in authorities, or even say that I had an leverage with matt to make a differance in the content on this message board. In fact I stated on ever poll that was sent out "Keep in mind, I am not the web master, I can only display the results of the poll" The reason I wrote this on every poll was to make it known that I was not try in overstep my boundries or make it look like I was. Matt has created an exelent web site here, and if you are to do you research (the topic of this thread) I have allways complimented Matt on his master-piece of TT.
This poll is only research. I have a question to ask of you. When a politiotion is having a debate they us many facts, but where do you think those facts come from? Off the internet you might say, well where did the webmaster of that webpage get his/or her's info from? Just a good guess? No, that info comes from polls, and research, and that is what I am doing here.
You do not have to submite a ballot or even read this thread, you are only being asked to state your oppinion in this poll, but no one ever said you have to participate. So if you don't wish to participate thats fine, but keep in mind that if onl 30 people submite a vote, your one vote will weigh heavily on the poll. Let it be known that I will display the result and I will continue with this poll if you like it or not, but if you feel that the results do not show the real opinions of the TT public and you as a member of trail talk, don't complain because you didn't do you part in this poll.”
“Is it? ow awe you missing the point of this poww? Dis poww is to gain infowmation to be stowed in the ice tea's vawt of debating info. A commen debte on TT is that thewe is faw to man non-backpacking wewated topics. Oh, dat scwewy wabbit! When these debates awise we aww state ouw opinions and then the thwead dies out, but a gennewaw censuis of the TT peopwe is nevew known, uh-hah-hah-hah. My goaw is to gain that infowmationof the TT popuwation and when a debate is stwicken up about the content I wiww have facts to use and not just opions. Oh, dat scwewy wabbit! It was once stated to my sewf by othew TTews that you can nevew post a fact wif out a weffewwains; fow this cause we need stwaight up numbews. Oh, dat scwewy wabbit!
I have not inttended to sewf appoint my sewf in authowities, ow even say that I had an wevewage wif matt to make a diffewance in the content on this message boawd. In fact I stated on evew poww that was sent out "Keep in mind, I am not the web mastew, I can onwy dispway the wesuwts of the poww" De weason I wwote this on evewy poww was to make it known that I was not twy in ovewstep my boundwies ow make it wook wike I was. Oh, dat scwewy wabbit! Matt has cweated an exewent web site hewe, and if you awe to do you weseawch (the topic of this thwead) I have awwways compwimented Matt on his mastew-piece of TT.
Dis poww is onwy weseawch. I have a qwestion to ask of you. When a powitiotion is having a debate they us many facts, but whewe do you think those facts come fwom? Off the intewnet you might say, weww whewe did the webmastew of that webpage get his/ow hew's info fwom? Just a good guess? No, that info comes fwom powws, and weseawch, and that is what I am doing hewe.
You do not have to submite a bawwot ow even wead this thwead, you awe onwy being asked to state youw oppinion in this poww, but no one evew said you have to pawticipate. So if you don't wish to pawticipate thats fine, but keep in mind that if onw 30 peopwe submite a vote, youw one vote wiww weigh heaviwy on the poww. Wet it be known that I wiww dispway the wesuwt and I wiww continue wif this poww if you wike it ow not, but if you feew that the wesuwts do not show the weaw opinions of the TT pubwic and you as a membew of twaiw tawk, don't compwain because you didn't do you pawt in this poww.”
“So basically tea wants to be the geek who when one of these arguments break out he can be the Cliff Clavin of the group and pipe in with, "Actually there Normy, 9 out of ten TTers prefer the content contained in the average TT thread that happens to pertain to the everyday things that make up our lives as opposed to the threads dealing strictly with the sphere of camping and or hiking."