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Another reason that the March 11 vote (http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12182250) shouldn't be taken to have settled the issue is that it wasn't a genuine poll. Whether inadvertently or by design, the question was put in a strongly biased way that both disclosed the poster's own view and solicited agreement with it.

The opening phrase, "With all respect to Stu3q (post#6172)," tips us off that Stu3q doesn't know what he's talking about. And to discourage us from looking up Stu3q's argument for ourselves before voting, there is no hyperlink and an incorrect post # is given. Finally, the careless and hurried way the poll alternatives are stated and typed (e.g., "Yes,MI-Advanced &MI-Begineer") subtly insinuates that the proposed change itself is a half-baked, ill-considered proposal (a "risky scheme"?).

I don't want to single out cklan for crticism on this point. Many of the so-called polls on this board are likewise not genuine attempts to find out what people really think, but rather a way of stating more or less obviously the poster's own view and inviting everybody else to agree with it. There's not necessarily anything wrong with that, but we shouldn't take the resulting numbers very seriously as measures of opinion. If you can tell from the poll question what the pollster thinks, it's not a real poll.
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