MozillaZine

Honesty Issues Dog Anonymous Donations Poll

Sunday March 9th, 2003

As part of our ongoing campaign to part our readers from their money, our last poll tackled the subject of donations to MozillaZine. 1,538 people responded with 87% admitting that they donated nothing. Zip. Nada. Squat. Not that we're bitter. A small number of you claimed to have donated less than $5 (0%), with slightly more owning up to between $5 and $9.99 (1%). 2% of respondents claimed to have donated between $10 and $19.99, with about half that number answering $20 to $49.99 (1%). A couple of people claim to have pledged $50 to $99.99 (0%) with a surprisingly high 1% insisting they gave $100 or more. 5% of you preferred not to say.

Of course, the burning question is how do these numbers match up to reality? The answer is... not very well. You don't have to be a genius to work out that most of the 26 people who claim to have donated $100 or more are exaggerating (in reality it was a handful). We would be extremely interested to know what the motivation is for lying on an anonymous poll. Anyway, once again we'd like to thank everyone who donated to MozillaZine. We really can't stress how much we appreciate it.

As most of you are aware, mozilla.org's Phoenix project has to change its name for legal reasons. A new name has now been selected and will be publicly announced soon. In the intervening months, many people have suggested possible replacement names, some of them really bad. So for our next poll, we'd like you to tell us which suggestion you think is the absolute worst. Choose wisely and watch the latest results to see what others think.


#35 Re: Re: Unscientific poll

by riddley

Monday March 10th, 2003 8:28 PM

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I'm with the guy you're replying to. If Polls are such fun, and you weren't out to shame the people who haven't contributed, why are you shaming the people who lied in your "fun" poll ? If you don't take the poll seriously, why are you worried about why people lied?

I don't vote in the polls... I never scroll that far down, but I can't say that the kind of attitude that I read in the story to which this comment is a reply really leaves me not wanting to return here, despite the excellent quality of news posting you've maintained.