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Old 10-10-17, 06:53 AM   #1
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Quick Survey for Engineering Students - Please Help!

Hey guys! Could you guys take a sec and answer this survey on bike locks? It should take around 30 seconds. It's for a high school engineering class I'm taking.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5JMN5P6

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Old 10-10-17, 07:17 AM   #2
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Ten quick posts so you could post a link.
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Don't know how any of that will help engineering students, but have at my responses!
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Don't know how any of that will help engineering students, but have at my responses!
Are you an engineering student?
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I was at one point. I'm graduated and an engineer now.

The questions posed seemed more relevant to a business/marketing major, but as I said have at it, I hope it helps them.
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I was at one point. I'm graduated and an engineer now.

The questions posed seemed more relevant to a business/marketing major, but as I said have at it, I hope it helps them.
I use engineering software and draw for a living but with no BS it's called designer.
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The survey doesn't allow for sufficient conditions. In my case, one unlocked bike was stolen from my parents' unlocked garage when I was a kid. One bike was stolen when it was locked and chained to a solid stand. One bike was stolen from a locked locker in a locked basement, but the bike itself wasn't locked.
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Filled it out, but the survey was pointless and not relevant to engineering or design. Students need to review their surveys with instructors or mentors before posting these requests. Or at the very least ask that one student in your class who's always sarcastic and doesn't like anything you like. He/she will at least be honest about whether the survey is useful. Your buddies and families will lie and say "Yeah, looks great!"

Almost invariably the surveys are poorly designed and will not elicit useful data or information. Same thing with the hundreds of survey requests I've seen on various hobbyist sites. I've seen maybe two reasonably well designed surveys out of hundreds of requests.
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You missed a key element, namely where one lives and rides, and the conditions where one would lock it up.

When I lived in NYC I needed a massive lock to keep the bike safe. U-locks didn't exist yet, so it was 2' o marine anchor chain and a big padlock. These were so heavy and annoying that a few friends and I bought 20 sets all keyed alike, and spread them around in key locations so we could find a lock where we needed it.

Nowadays, I live in the burbs and can generally get by with a relatively light duty cable.

So, while I answered that I was satisfied in the level of security, it was deceiving, because my needs were low.

As an engineering student, the most valuable lesson you'll learn is that you have to ask good questions in order to get meaningful answers.
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Filled it out, but the survey was pointless and not relevant to engineering or design. Students need to review their surveys with instructors or mentors before posting these requests. Or at the very least ask that one student in your class who's always sarcastic and doesn't like anything you like. He/she will at least be honest about whether the survey is useful. Your buddies and families will lie and say "Yeah, looks great!"

Almost invariably the surveys are poorly designed and will not elicit useful data or information. Same thing with the hundreds of survey requests I've seen on various hobbyist sites. I've seen maybe two reasonably well designed surveys out of hundreds of requests.
Sir, thanks for taking my survey and your comment. However, I did not tell you what the purpose of my survey was. But I can assure you that your response has provided me with quite useful data and information.
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You missed a key element, namely where one lives and rides, and the conditions where one would lock it up.

When I lived in NYC I needed a massive lock to keep the bike safe. U-locks didn't exist yet, so it was 2' o marine anchor chain and a big padlock. These were so heavy and annoying that a few friends and I bought 20 sets all keyed alike, and spread them around in key locations so we could find a lock where we needed it.

Nowadays, I live in the burbs and can generally get by with a relatively light duty cable.

So, while I answered that I was satisfied in the level of security, it was deceiving, because my needs were low.

As an engineering student, the most valuable lesson you'll learn is that you have to ask good questions in order to get meaningful answers.
Thanks for your insights! This survey is the first survey my group and I are doing for a product we are thinking of designing, and it is intended to figure out whether there is a target market for our product. We will definitely create better surveys in the future once we figure out whether we are going to take on this project, and we'll ask about location and conditions. Thanks!
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I filled it out. I kinda figured that you either knew what you were doing or you were gonna learn from it because well, you know, you're a student and all. Just sayin'
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I was at one point. I'm graduated and an engineer now.

The questions posed seemed more relevant to a business/marketing major, but as I said have at it, I hope it helps them.
That's true! Right now we are trying to find out whether a market exists for this product that we are thinking of making, and this survey helps us do that.
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That's true! Right now we are trying to find out whether a market exists for this product that we are thinking of making, and this survey helps us do that.
Un-expert criticism aside, I liked how short and easy the survey was. Not hard at all.
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