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I like filling out surveys, but this one looks a bit of a mess.

  • "How would you best describe the industry you work in?"
  • "What type of project are you developing?"
    • While it has an "other", I really don't feel like it's the best answer to the question if the answer is "I don't have a job".
  • "What is your involvement in purchasing?"
    • This sentence fragment is. This is slightly confusing to those who don't have a job and so might not get that it means "What is your involvement in purchasing things for your company?" - especially since, again, there's no definite answer for the unemployed ("No Involvement", I guess).
  • "Which languages are you proficient in?"
    • Minor niggle, there's no point in having a "none" checkbox.
  • "Please rate the advertising you've seen on Stack Overflow"
    • Where do I put "No idea, I ignore the ads"? In the "ad blocker" section (that goes from 1-5 for some reason)?
  • "Which languages are you proficient in?"
    • So HTML5 isn't the same language as the so-obsolete-it's-not-important HTML, eh?
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For the proficient languages, why does it specifically say "HTML5"? Why not just "HTML" in general? The PHP option doesn't say "PHP5" and the CSS option doesn't say "CSS3". –  animuson Dec 14 '11 at 19:00
    
@animuson: Oh my god you have no idea how annoyed I was when I saw that question. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Dec 14 '11 at 19:12
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I was a bit clueless because nowhere I could fill in I worked part-time, which of course has a big effect on income. –  Steven Jeuris Dec 14 '11 at 19:17
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We need a survey on our satisfaction with the survey. –  animuson Dec 14 '11 at 19:18
    
My favorite was "Have you visited / Are you aware of Careers Stack Overflow? () Yes () No". Um, well, "No, I haven't and yes, I am"? –  Josh Caswell Dec 15 '11 at 7:46
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@Problem: I figured / means or, but it is a bit ambiguous. –  Steven Jeuris Dec 15 '11 at 12:05
    
@StevenJeuris: Ah, logical OR, you mean? I suppose that makes sense. –  Josh Caswell Dec 15 '11 at 18:47

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"What is your involvement in purchasing?" isn't a sentence fragment. "Purchasing" is a gerund (noun), and isn't being used as the present participle (verb).

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I guess it's not technically a fragment, but the only thing I can answer it with is "Purchasing what?" The question is way too open-ended. –  Toomai Dec 14 '11 at 19:10
    
@Toomai I think it's intended to be open-ended, but I don't find it confusing. I don't purchase anything for my company, neither do most programmers. Anyone who is involved with purchasing -- something, anything -- for the company would describe what they do. –  Matthew Read Dec 14 '11 at 19:12
    
Well there's the problem, I couldn't make the connection to "purchasing something for the company you work for". –  Toomai Dec 14 '11 at 19:15

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