Help us design a straw poll to get feedback

Straw Poll We want feedback on what we’ve been doing with Locally Grown the past five years. It’ll help us to plan what features to continue, which to discontinue, which to improve.

Will you help us design a straw poll that will help us get that feedback?

Here’s what I’m thinking so far:

The straw poll would ask you to rate your level of satisfaction (a scale of 1-5 or maybe 1-10) with specific elements of both the blog and the radio show/podcast. For example:


  • Breadth/depth of blog content
  • Blog post quality
  • Comment threads – depth
  • Comment threads – breadth of participants
  • Comment threads – moderation
  • Membership plan
  • Membership sideblog content
  • Community photos
  • Fluff
  • Faux news
  • etc


  • range of guests
  • frequency of guests
  • etc

See any problems with this approach? Elements missing that should be included?

14 thoughts on “Help us design a straw poll to get feedback”

  1. The only thing I do not like about a straw poll is that there is no room for comment.

    I could sit down with you at length and give you my opinions on what I think Locally Grown should be, its positives, and its faults.

    A straw poll only gets votes, not the thoughts and suggestions behind it.

    I urge you to use more than a straw poll to chart a design of your future.

    P.S. Is the office back open? Perhaps you wouldn’t mind having that conversation F2F? I would like the LG 2.0 / 3.0 / X.0 to prosper, and perhaps leave some of the old baggage behind.


  2. A straw poll gauging users’ satisfaction with various LoGroNo elements is fine as far as it goes, but such polling is unavoidably backward-looking.

    Maybe you should do some forward-looking stuff, too. You might try, e.g., to assess interest in various possible new discussion topics, or categories of topics: education, national politics, state politics, local politics, economy, environment, science, religion, … .

    1. Good point, Paul. Actually, we’re are contemplating some new features, eg, webinars, real-time chats, 10-day issue forums, videos, etc.

      As for your categories of topics, I’ll include those as samples in the “breadth of content” part of the straw poll.


  3. I am of the KISS school. Too many things going on dilutes every part for me, as i can only think of one thing at a time. 🙂 Pick out the most relevant locally and start a new site for national level news. Again, good luck!

  4. Just a quick tip for anyone who clicks on the above screenshot of the straw poll draft: whenever an image or photo appears to be too small, it’s often your browser that’s resizing it automatically. If you mouseover it, you’ll usually see your cursor turn into a Plus sign. Click the image and it’ll pop to it’s full size. The cursor then changes to a Minus sign.

  5. I got a suggestion to add a question about commenters:

    How often do you add a comment to the discussion on the average:

    * 5 or more/week
    * 2-4/week
    * 1/week
    * 1-3/month
    * Rarely
    * Never

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