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Friday January 03, 2003
04:05 AM

Ballot Stuffing?

[ #9735 ]

I got an email asking me to take part in a survey about "what brings you happiness?" The survey is at

I strongly suspect that some of the participents haven't been taking the survey entirely seriously. The current results are:

  • 26% Money/wealth
  • 0% Relationships
  • 0% Personal beliefs/religion
  • 72% Physical pleasure/drugs/alcohol/sex
  • 0% Successful life
  • 0% God
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  • So that just shows that people don't know what makes them happy. Surely we knew that?
    • Really? I voted for the option that happens to be the most popular, and I feel rather happy these days... <g>


      -- Robin Berjon []

      • Let's overlay the results on Maslow's hierarchy of needs. The categories don't fit perfectly, but tell a sad story in any case.
        • Spiritual: 0% God, 0% Personal beliefs/religion
        • Self Actualization: 0% Successful life
        • Ego Needs/Social Needs: 0% Relationships
        • Security Needs: 26% Money/wealth
        • Body Needs: 72% Physical pleasure/drugs/alcohol/sex
        So the majority of people sampled still think in primitive levels in terms of what makes them happy.
        • So the majority of people sampled still think in primitive levels in terms of what makes them happy.

          Actually I don't really see a problem with that :)

          But honestly, what's really happened here is that someone (not me!) has seen that the poll doesn't take the simplest of steps to prevent ballot stuffing and has written a script to effect the results for a laugh.

          In fact, I got a follow-up email from the owner of the poll saying the the results had been "hacked" so he had reset the totals and please cou

        • Not to start a philosophico-moral debate here, but I'm not entirely convinced by that hierarchy. Or rather, by the need for a hierarchy. However, accepting it as such for the sake of discussion I still see no reason to see a sad story. You seem to be making an implicit statement that the hierarchy is walked up or something, while there is no reason that you couldn't address each of these points in random order.

          Taking myself (because I know myself better than I do the anonymous pollees) as an example:


          -- Robin Berjon []