Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Best Poll Ever?

Could this Slashdot Poll be the best poll ever? It's probably nothing new, but I've never seen it before. It's fascinating.
How Many People Will Select The Same Option As You?
  • 0%

  • 1-25%

  • 26-50%

  • 51-75%

  • 76-99%

  • 100%

  • Just CowboyNeal (joke option)
Sounds simple, but just think about it a moment. I actually didn't immediately get the implications of what the poll was asking. It's an opinion poll that asks you to predict the outcome of the poll itself. Part statistics and part psychology I guess. Depending on the results, it's possible for there to be more than one correct answer. It's also possible for all the answers to be incorrect. Very clever. The comments that accompany the poll are also interesting (provided you browse the page with only well moderated comments being displayed).


Darwin said...

Heh yeah that's pretty cool. What was the actual result?

Antimatter said...

After nearly 60000 votes:

0%--------------1915 votes / 3%
1-25%-----------12227 votes / 20%
26-50%----------17444 votes / 29%
51-75%----------10972 votes / 18%
76-99%----------4857 votes / 8%
100%------------7314 votes / 12%
Just CowboyNeal-4600 votes / 7%

Which means 1-25% and 26-50% (which I voted for) ended up being correct.