Exynos, on 28 January 2013 - 12:57, said:
Free speech and the ability to express our views on different things is something that should be allowed everywhere.
So why are you against people criticising the poll or asking for it to be removed? Surely that would come under "free speech"? Not that it matters, as we've already established isn't covered on private forums anyway.
Mikeffer, on 28 January 2013 - 13:18, said:
Just a question though. If it'd been "Do you hate that stupid company Apple" then fair enough, but it didn't, it merely asked a straight forward question.
It's a leading question
. I really don't know how to make it any clearer.
xendrome, on 28 January 2013 - 13:25, said:
It really wasn't an article, it was a simple poll, there was no discussion beyond that as stated in the post. Not sure how anyone could take it so personally or think it was biased in any way, since there was no story/commentary at all to go along with it.
It's about the slanting of the question. If the question had been "do you think Bill Gates is a Nazi?"
then you could similarly argue it was just a question but that would be ignoring the obvious bias. It's the same with "do you hate Apple?"
, as the implication is that Apple is worthy of hate. Further, the limited options meant that people who dislike Apple would rather click "yes" than "no", despite there being a significant difference between 'hate' and 'dislike'. By limiting the possible responses and slanting the question it's basically ensuring that the poll favours the "yes" outcome.
It's not a big deal to me - I've seen worse on Neowin and on other sites - but I do think it is worthy of discussion, particularly as so few seem to understand the issues.