For the record, the site owners have polls disabled for this reason: Subject: Polls Disabled
May 01, 2015
Alex Frakt wrote:After consultation with the Advisory Board, I have disabled polls on this site.
The general problem with self-selecting polls is that the results only tell you only about those who chose to respond to the poll. They cannot be relied on as reflecting the broader will of the participants of this forum, nor can they give any clear insights into the question asked. With written answers (beyond the pointless "+1"), a reader at least has the opportunity to review the respondent's reasoning for his or her answer. In addition to the lack of utility of polls, they required a disproportionate amount of moderator effort and were usually in violation of our requirements that posts be both personal and actionable.
I do understand some polls have a certain entertainment value, but our resources are limited and we prefer to focus on areas where we feel we can do the most direct good.
That being said, I would caution readers that 381 responses out of a total membership of 60,784 is statistically insignificant.
I would also caution readers their IP address and web browser are also part of the dataset. You can download the data here: Bogleheads poll on individual stock ownership - Results
, then click on "Responses". I hope modifying the "Security" settings does not change the poll configuration in real time.
The IP address is associated to a Country, City, and region. Those using a VPN will not show the correct location. However, the browser info should be accurate:
40 - iPad
24 - iPhone
35 - Android
76 - Mac
194 - MS Windows
10 - Linux, 3 are Ubuntu
If anyone has a comment regarding the moderation of this thread, please PM me directly.. Any further discussion is off-topic.
Update: I underlined the important part of the site owner's post.