Take Our Reader Survey for a Chance to Win a $250 Amazon Gift Card

We’re now hosting our second annual reader survey and if you participate, you could win a $250 Amazon gift card.

This is similar to the survey we did last year, our first, and to the surveys you may have seen over on Petri.com, our sister site. And as you might expect, we’ve evolved it to address the changes that have occurred in the industry since last year and, frankly, to hit on some topics we missed the first time around.

You can find our second annual Thurrott.com Reader Survey here. It should take 10 to 15 minutes to complete, and it will be available through December 16. The $250 Amazon gift card winner will be contacted via email and announced here on December 31.



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  • olditpro2000

    Premium Member
    11 December, 2019 - 2:14 pm

    <p>Paul, can you post some aggregate results when the survey ends?</p>

  • Chris_Kez

    Premium Member
    11 December, 2019 - 2:21 pm

    <p>FYI, Q19 has an option for "Other (please specify)" but does not have a text field to provide the additional information.</p>

  • Thematson

    11 December, 2019 - 2:45 pm

    <p>That 20-something choices ranking question was a hot mess on mobile</p>

  • TriangularNonagon

    11 December, 2019 - 3:00 pm

    <p>I answered every question, but when I hit submit, it goes back to the top to a message that says "Please choose one answer for this question." There's no question highlighted since I've answered every one of them. I guess I'll have to close the tab and not submit my answers.</p>

    • TriangularNonagon

      11 December, 2019 - 3:01 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#497513">In reply to TriangularNonagon:</a></em></blockquote><p>Ah, I figured it out. I had two answers checked in question one. i needed to only select one answer.</p>

  • tomker

    Premium Member
    11 December, 2019 - 3:22 pm

    <p>The only thing missing from the survey was a box for other comments. I only have one…</p><p><br></p><p>Sorry, Brad, but I gotta say I really hope you finish your basement project soon because I'm getting real tired of hearing so much about it on FRD. </p>

    • wosully

      Premium Member
      11 December, 2019 - 7:46 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#497518">In reply to TomKer:</a></em></blockquote><p>I have a friend that has been unable to finish his basement project for 18 years. Brad, no rush!</p>

    • harmjr

      Premium Member
      12 December, 2019 - 8:42 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#497518">In reply to TomKer:</a></em></blockquote><p>I like Brad Villa and poor Paul looking like a confused puppy on some of the stuff Brad is talking about.</p>

    • Brad Sams

      Premium Member
      12 December, 2019 - 11:41 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#497518">In reply to TomKer:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p><br></p><p>Have gotten a lot of mixed feedback about it, including this thread where some say they enjoy it and others don't.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p>Also consider that we are in the last 4 weeks of the year, there is not a lot of tech news coming out (this changes in January/Feb with MWC/CES…and it's also a daily podcast, things that are consuming our life will make their way onto the show.</p>

  • RobertJasiek

    11 December, 2019 - 3:22 pm

    <p>Please publish the survey results, thanks!</p>

  • MacLiam

    Premium Member
    11 December, 2019 - 4:49 pm

    <p>So I actually filled this out and hit the NEXT button at the bottom of the form. That brought up a bright red "Please answer at least one question in this section" message for question six. Since I had actually provided 10 answers that rank-ordered things that were important to me, and since I could see them right there on the screen in front of me, I didn't understand what was missing. I hit NEXT again with the same result. And again. Then I just left-arrowed back here to report. </p><p><br></p><p>My broad answer to the poll is, "Just keep on doing what you have been." Not everything interests me equally, but enough does that I am happy to continue as a premium subscriber.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

    • RobertJasiek

      11 December, 2019 - 8:23 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#497567">In reply to MacLiam:</a></em></blockquote><p>The question pretending to ask for a 1-10 best order, as I had to find out by trial and error, means an order for all (was it 26?) items with each rank entered exactly once. (As if we could order all exactly without ties.)</p>

      • MacLiam

        Premium Member
        11 December, 2019 - 10:23 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#497580">In reply to RobertJasiek:</a></em></blockquote><p>Ah. I did not consider that possibility. But knowing the secret doesn't make me interested in trying the poll again. </p><p><br></p><p>I haven't done a lot of Survey Monkey polls, but not one of them left me with a feeling of confidence even when I could submit the results.</p>

      • Chris_Kez

        Premium Member
        12 December, 2019 - 8:29 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#497580">In reply to RobertJasiek:</a></em></blockquote><p>You can simply drag them into your preferred order. Unfortunately this is not clear from the survey instructions; I just happened to be familiar with this mechanic from survey design at work.</p>

    • jeff.bane

      12 December, 2019 - 9:40 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#497567">In reply to MacLiam:</a></em></blockquote><p>The 27 or so drop downs was a disaster. I get that drop downs ease validation but just a text box where we could type 1-10 is much easier on the end user.</p>

    • jrandolph

      12 December, 2019 - 9:48 am

      <blockquote><em>Same problem. After filling out the page and being taken back to it for a 3rd time I gave up.</em></blockquote>

  • Patrick3D

    12 December, 2019 - 10:17 am

    <p>One of the questions has a "Other, please specify" option but no box to actually write down your comments.</p>

  • drodewa

    12 December, 2019 - 2:55 pm

    <p>The Monkey coding this survey leads alot to be desired. On a Win7 / IE box the dropdown numerical values did not stick.</p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      12 December, 2019 - 3:11 pm

      The monkey.

      Ah boy.

      • reefer2

        14 December, 2019 - 4:55 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#497749">In reply to paul-thurrott:</a></em></blockquote><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Same thing happens on a W10/Chrome machine when i try to fill out the survey. The numerical values doesnt stick. Also tried with new Edge and Firefox, same thing. </span></p>

  • davidblouin

    12 December, 2019 - 4:50 pm

    <p>Like the survey, would find interesting a little poll maybe once a month a la "What do you think about Product/Company/Subject X" </p>

  • snissen

    12 December, 2019 - 5:42 pm

    <p>The survey is not working for me, in Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge. It keeps claiming I have not answered questions 6 and 10, when I did pick the applicable number of choices for each.</p><p><br></p><p>If I have no experience with a service, I'm not about to rank it.</p>

  • techguy33

    12 December, 2019 - 8:24 pm

    <p>I bailed, and usually bail most surveys when the questions get into your annual income and "are you the purchasing decision maker in your household" or your "influence in purchasing decisions in your workplace". </p><p><br></p><p>From the survey monkey privacy policy:</p><p>"The Creators who create and administer surveys, forms, applications, and questionnaires own and control your responses and contact information"</p><p><br></p><p>Paul, what's your privacy policy regarding the demographic data you collect? Hopefully the cost of admission to entering the drawing is not to have your data sold to third parties.</p>


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