Having the 3 separate polls (even if they were all in one post) is sort of meaningless because you can't see where someone's performance falls vs. how much was paid (or what card they are using). Also missing is resolution you play at, since they is going to be as big a determining factor on performance as settings. You may choose in the second poll that you 'max' settings but if you're only on a 1280x1024 monitor (or less) then that doesn't mean much.
Added question about resolution to form at URL below.
FWIW I setup a form for him using a Google spreadsheet and can be found here: https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?hl=en&formkey=dGpWYWlDQS1kaFRnaXRfYnk2RzJmaWc6MQ#gid=0 Edited, Dec 7th 2010 5:30pm by windexy
I see you edited your response, so I will edit mine and just explain myself, though whether it will cause the monkeys to get off my back or just throw more fecal matter in my face is anyone's guess.
So... Even though you can't match up the answers between the different polls you can make observations about the overall results.
If 40% of people spent less than $200 on a graphics card, but only 5% rated the graphics as less than satisfactory, then that tells us that, at minimum, somewhere between 35% and 40% of people will find the graphics to be at the very least satisfactory without paying more than $200 on a graphics card.
That's just one example of an observation that can be made. There are obviously more.
If there's fault in the math there, please correct it, but the statement itself shows, that regardless of what the math actually is, that useful and relevant observations can be made from disconnected data samples.
Many people compare data between different studies all of the time, and make correlations based on the results of each, without being able to pinpoint exact references between the data in the individual different studies. They use that data to support other evidence that may be present. In a perfect world scientists would have all of the data and references they need to make any conclusions they want. And in a perfect world, ZAM would give me the tools to make a more valid poll.
But it's not a perfect world, and even though your google forms poll is a good idea, it came after I posted these polls, not before, and since I can't delete my own posts, and just go with your method, which I admit, is better, I am stuck with what I have. If you want to get people to vote in your poll, go for it. I'd love to hear what you find out. But I am quite tired about people going on about how meaningless these polls are. Yes it could have been done better, but why people have to go to such extremes as to call people's efforts meaningless is beyond me. It's insulting, and you wouldn't appreciate it being done to you, as I noticed you changed the tune of your post when you got defaulted.
But as I read in an inspirational message I received recently, "Never explain yourself to anyone. The people who love you don't need it, and the people who don't won't believe you." Edited, Dec 7th 2010 7:56pm by charityneverfaileth Edited, Dec 7th 2010 8:03pm by charityneverfaileth