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Re: How to poll the users

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: How to poll the users
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2020 23:25:15 -0400

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  > Speaking of the default values, what do you think about using your 
  > scenario to ask the users about their preferred value of 
  > indent-tabs-mode? I can create a poll with four options: "strong tabs 
  > preference", "strong spaces preference", "mild tabs preference", "mild 
  > spaces preference". People can add extra explanations in comments.

The idea of a poll is to understand the effects of the various
choices, and find out the specific reasons for users to prefer this or
that, and evaluate their significance -- NOT to count how many people
prefer each choice.

It is a mistake to count the answers, because a given change can
affect one user very often, and affect another user only rarely, but
they might both state a "strong preference".

Dr Richard Stallman
Chief GNUisance of the GNU Project (https://gnu.org)
Founder, Free Software Foundation (https://fsf.org)
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