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szboardstretcher 03-05-2014 02:17 PM

10% of americans think that HTML is an STD,.. obviously.
 
http://www.latimes.com/business/tech...#axzz2v1PZtzMZ

John VV 03-05-2014 02:26 PM

Could be worse ....
it could be 90%

or the 55% that think that scientists are in a 50/50 split on global warming and not a 3/97
( thank you FOX )

enorbet 03-05-2014 05:11 PM

This thread title is a bit misleading as was the article. It showed 10% of Americans with email responded with such ignorance. I can only imagine what the actual percentage numbers are that would include those that won't get near a computer. Apparently, the survey team was at a loss to find any representatives from The Pony Express.

sundialsvcs 03-05-2014 05:21 PM

"There are lies, damned lies, and ... surveys." :D
-- (not quite) Mark Twain

HTML is only a disease when one is discussing truly-diseased things ... like, say, Internet Explorer.

jefro 03-05-2014 09:07 PM

Not sure a person would need to know what hypertext markup language is. Very little call for one to use it just to answer an email.

They should be more aware of how to prevent STD's.


You never know about studies. I was involved with an employee survey that would re-write questions until the desired percentage was achieved. If you word stuff one way you get different results.

sgosnell 03-05-2014 09:14 PM

It's always a mistake to rely on internet polls which use voluntary responders. Only those who want to do the poll give answers, and those answers can be skewed. If I had seen and responded to that poll, with those choices, I might well have been tempted to select the most outlandish choices just for giggles. And I'd be willing to bet that a generous percentage of the responders did just that.

enorbet 03-05-2014 10:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sgosnell (Post 5129668)
It's always a mistake to rely on internet polls which use voluntary responders. Only those who want to do the poll give answers, and those answers can be skewed. If I had seen and responded to that poll, with those choices, I might well have been tempted to select the most outlandish choices just for giggles. And I'd be willing to bet that a generous percentage of the responders did just that.

It seems to me the key word there is "rely" as regards weighting. I'm confidant studies have been made that allow for what percentages are likely to answer dishonestly for giggles, and have algorithms to account for some of that. In this case, as the previous poster pointed out there isn't a compelling reason for the average technology user to know what HTML stands for. OTOH more should recognize it is NOT an STD, but even here I'm still betting the actual percentage of the populace that doesn't know what HTML stands for is way higher than 10%.

Maybe my viewpoint is skewed but I am sadly amazed at how many of the people I see when working in an office workstation environment don't even know what "right-click" means.

JWJones 03-05-2014 11:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jefro (Post 5129663)
Not sure a person would need to know what hypertext markup language is. Very little call for one to use it just to answer an email.

Of course, the funny thing about this is that most people actually write their emails in HTML-mode, without even realizing it. Seems to be the default setting in most email clients. Not sure whether this is the case with webmail (gmail, yahoo, etc.), as I don't use webmail.

John VV 03-05-2014 11:50 PM

i disable that in gmail
i hate the fancy text and colors
and if it is a notice from say
http://www.itworld.com/
or
http://www.thinkgeek.com/

i can turn it on for that

Habitual 03-06-2014 09:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sundialsvcs (Post 5129585)
"There are lies, damned lies, and ... surveys." :D
-- (not quite) Mark Twain

HTML is only a disease when one is discussing truly-diseased things ... like, say, Internet Explorer.

:)
They wouldn't know a flux capacitor if it hit them in the face?

rokytnji 03-06-2014 10:22 AM

I got a html once, because being gay is a sin, and they are taking away my freedoms.

Ooops, better put the coffee away and turn the idiot box off.

frankbell 03-06-2014 10:05 PM

How many drivers know what the PVC in "PVC valve" means?

You don't have to be a technician to drive the car.

enorbet 03-06-2014 10:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by frankbell (Post 5130307)
How many drivers know what the PVC in "PVC valve" means?

You don't have to be a technician to drive the car.

I think you meant PCV valve, Positive Crankcase Ventilation, since PVC is Poly Vinyl Chloride and might melt if near an exhaust port. :P although I suspect you did that on purpose for the irony and devious fun of it :D

rknichols 03-07-2014 02:16 PM

Indeed. You get PCV valves at an auto parts store. For PVC valves, you want a plumbing store.

Smokey_justme 03-07-2014 02:28 PM

I really don't think any grill-survey without the "I don't know" answer can reach such results..

To be fair, if they don't know, they don't know.. putting other words in their mouth and then bashing them for those isn't quite ethical in my mind..


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