What's With the Strange Survey Questions for New Members?
A few days ago I joined Citizen Sky and am looking forward to making my observations and entering the data. But I did want to comment on the survey that is given to new members. It was part of the sign up process. It was rather long and took me a while to complete. A lot of the questions were ambiguious and strange, and almost condescending. Did anyone else get that impression? For example, if I remember correctly, a lot of the questions dealt with whether scientists can be "artistic" or not. And, can scientific data be "artistic". There were also several questions I didn't understand, where they kept repeating the terms "Physics, Chemistry, and Biology". Are "Physics, Chemistry, and Biology all the same type of science, or different types of science?". Weird stuff like that. Finally, toward the end of the survey, they had fill in the blank questions, and one said "what is the difference between the sun and Epsilon Aurigae? Be sure to use scientific evidence to back up your statement". They also asked the difference between "intrinsic" and "extrinsic" brightness. I don't know how other people feel, but coming here as an enthusiastic volunteer, I don't really need to be asked questions that seem a little condescending. Did some graduate student write these questions or something?