Take Survey, Help Consumerist

Hey, can you help us out? Take this quick survey so we can learn more about our readers and use that information to sell more ads so we can afford more posts again. Posts, you like posts, right?

Blog reader survey (Photo: Getty)


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  1. DeleteThisAccount says:

    I also like the chance to win some trinkets for filling out surveys, Ben :)

  2. zigziggityzoo says:

    Well, that was fun. you should offer free donuts with survey.

    In other news, I’m going to go get a donut.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Completed the whole survey. Now where’s the prize? hahah kidding.

    Glad to be of service. Thanks for your continued existence, consumerist.com.

  4. fredmertz says:

    In completely unrelated news, did you guys know that advertisers love to advertise to well-educated, high-income 18-34 year olds that have much influence over their friends on all sorts of issues?

    Just saying.

  5. zentex says:

    There, I hope you have fun with my soul…err…information.

    I bet if you stop using images from Getty, you’d have money to post more ;-)

  6. Git Em SteveDave loves this guy--> says:

    Wouldn’t it have been better for Gawker to put this survey out before they decided that they weren’t going to get advertisers?

  7. Wormfather is Wormfather says:

    Anything for the team…btw that chicks kind of hot in that “I dont think she know’s she’s hot” type of way. Good photo!

    /looks over shoulder for impending wifesmack.

  8. B says:

    After completing that survey, I’ve realized my major sources of news are blogs and the Daily Show. It’s kind of depressing.

    • mcjake says:

      @B: At least it’s accurate. I work for a newspaper company. And I will tell you, I trust the Daily Show and Consumerist to get the news right more than my newspapers that I run.

      • Bladefist says:

        @mcjake: The daily show is funny, but if you’re getting your news there, you’re getting your news from the NYC. Jon reports on the same stuff and just adds his sarcastic comedy. Regardless, you’re missing out on the other half of the news

        • Trai_Dep says:

          @Bladefist: Actually, there have been numerous studies that have found that Daily Show viewers are substantially well-informed. As well-informed as the most knowledgeable cohort (PBS), and better than the next best group, viewers relying on network news. Then local news viewers.
          The worst? Fox and its shows.

          That’s not to say that it is The Daily Show that informs their audience, but that their audience is among the best-informed.

          Umm, I didn’t realize that facts were different in NYC than anywhere else in the universe…

    • m4ximusprim3 says:

      @B: I’m with you.

      In other news, the only things people respect my opinion on are software and movies. Although I clicked the “kinda” option for financial things- thanks consumerist!

      Oh, and at the end where you can give a shoutout to a blog, I said that if I ever buy a trailer which is undeliverable due to non-existent bees, only one blog can help me. And it ain’t perez.

  9. Bahnburner says:

    Only 150 questions? Amateurs.

  10. DeleteThisAccount says:

    The survey didn’t ask a lot of demographic questions. I’d like to take a look at those crosstabs.

  11. Traveshamockery says:

    Take Survey, Help Consumerist.

    Me Tarzan, You Jane.

  12. Burgandy says:

    I already took the survey from Perez’ site.

  13. Izzo says:

    I drink .. nightly!

  14. anonvmoos says:

    s yr d f fxng th slw, brng cnsmrst

    s t mk yr rdrs (wh dnt hv ttntn spns) tk slw brng srvy?

  15. Bladefist says:

    I took the survey. It’ll be easy to tell which one is mine and throw it out. I’m the wing nut who hates all the newspapers.

    I’d go for advertising for alcoholic beverages, including beer. with the economy how it is, we’re all going to want to spend a good portion of our day drunk.

  16. Trencher93 says:

    feedback – I hate surveys!

  17. tc4b says:

    I did it because I heart this blog. There was only one question about podcasts, so I just assumed it counted as radio in all other questions, since a lot of what I listen to is basically on-demand radio. Or… are podcasts just for out-of-touch or old people? Gotta go, my elbow’s acting up and I left the elixr out in the horseless carriage.

  18. midwestkel says:

    Ben, I just filled out the survey and it said put in your email because some blogs offer prizes? Do we get a prize, cut of the advertising?

  19. Optimus says:

    feedback – My religion wasn’t listed.

    Believe it or not, there was no selection for Christian…

    “No bloody A, B, C, or D,” as the great Montgomery Scott said…

    It is a tad annoying when one’s corporate overlords do not care enough about controlling you to pay attention to your religion.

    • mcjake says:

      @Optimus: Yes! I agree, there was no plain Christian or Protestant. Just Catholic, Baptist or Pentecostal. What the hell is that all about? Do they only expect blog readers to be members of the craziest Christian sects?

    • m4ximusprim3 says:

      @Optimus: No offense, but it’s because nobody cares. How much money do you make, and how much do you spend on the internet?

    • Trai_Dep says:

      @Optimus: There are over ten Christian sects listed. That isn’t enough?
      If you don’t know which branch your flavor belongs to, tell me so that the Buddhist guy can school you about your Christianity. :P

  20. Squeezer99 says:

    does anyone use privoxy to filter out ads on websites?

    • Real Cheese Flavor says:

      @Squeezer99: I use Firefox and Adblock Plus. It seems to work pretty well.

    • shepd says:


      ABP for FF myself. Once ads started displaying porn/disgusting images, flashing and making sounds on my computer they were banished for life. Sorry to all webmasters trying to make money this way, but the vast majority of web advertisers are scumbuckets, and when you deal with scum, you get what you get. :-S

      Same sort of thing for TV. Once I started to have to PAY for channels with ads, ads’ sound became compressed so they could keep the VU meter pegged, ad breaks lengthened, and ad breaks happened every few minutes, and ads started advertising scams (eg: Text PORN to 55555 for free porn [$5 daily charge after first text, send body parts to unsubscribe]) I decided it was time for MythTV to skip them all. It does make it a bit difficult to figure out what’s new at the theatre/on TV, but I can deal with looking those things up myself. :-)

      If advertisers “fix” the way they send messages so I’m forced to view their ads, but they don’t fix the content of them, I’ll either figure out a way to not watch them again, or I’ll discontinue my use of the media sending them.

      • Optimus says:

        @shepd: Yeah, I originally allowed ads on my web browsers as well, because I do want my favorite web sites to make money, but the porn ads just ended it. I only allow ads that are text based and bad word filtered now days. No flash and no javascript for me.

        The ironic thing is that once I started using noscript, ads started gradually disappearing until I eventually stopped getting any ads at all. That’s because all or most of the ad services have moved to javascript or flash. I’m not willing to take a chance with cross-site scripting (XSS) or tracking programs just so that my favorite web sites can make a buck.

        If they go back to non-javascript ads, I’ll see the ads, and I might even click occasionally. I wish they would, as I don’t wish them to fail and I don’t want to be blocked from my favorite web sites just because I care about computer security.

    • gStein_*|bringing starpipe back|* says:

      @Squeezer99: hey webmasters: i’ll allow ads if they are
      #1 well-integrated with your site – they should look like they belong
      #2 motionless – i HATE trying to read something and have moving images (this goes for large animated gifs as well)
      #3 silent (at least until i click on them to allow sound – see #2)
      #4 tasteful – i shouldn’t have to worry about who might see the ads on my screen
      #5 safe – i’ve seen too many “i’m sorry one of our advertisers seem to be giving people viruses” messages

  21. Trai_Dep says:

    Captain Duvel Moneycats better be getting a heaping bowl of Perfect Oatmeal for my participation in this. With delicious bits of shredded mousies on top!

  22. Corporate-Shill says:

    What ads?

    Thank goodness for Ad Muncher.

    Even if I saw an ad, and by some freak of nature actually clicked on the ad, there is ZERO chance for me to buy something.

    If your business model is trying to generate revenue from ads, it is time to change the business model.

    I still think a paid for support service would be an ideal revenue stream for consumers that have been truly farked over.

  23. Sir Winston Thriller says:

    Sorry. I bailed out at the second page when I saw too many questions.

  24. raremoth says:

    I was disappointed that recent major sci-fi shows were not listed. I am reporting you to io9. I wrote in for Middleman, Sarah Connor Chronicles, and Life on Mars. There are several others that I couldn’t think of off hand.

  25. stillkarenann says:

    One of the magazine choices in the survey, Business 2.0, is no longer in print.

    I miss Business 2.0

  26. kittenfoo says:

    I feel your pain, Consumerist. My boyfriend and I recently took on another part time job to help support our sites.

  27. geeky_reader says:

    I hope the Segway question was a joke, because if any Consumerist reader purchased a Segway, well then, I think they really don’t read The Consumerist.

  28. Jevia says:

    Its pretty obvious the survey was out of date when it listed Survivor: Fiji as a current television show.

  29. utensil42 says:

    I’d like to point out one potential confound in the survey. There are many questions that ask about TV viewing habits (time, programs, etc.), but none that ask if the participant has cable. I’m sure I’d regularly watch a lot more of those TV programs, and my viewing time would be higher if I had television. Though, I guess not having TV I may not be the target demographic for TV ads.

  30. Ciao_Bambina says:

    No Pastafarian as religious choice? I cry persecution!

  31. mmmsoap says:

    I took your survey, and happily. But when I got to the last couple of pages, I noticed something odd….My television show choices were circa 2005 or so, with quite a few cancelled shows in there, and missing some new ones I like. (I’m not a newspaper/magazine reader, so I can’t comment on the timeliness of those selections).

    Methinks the results may be a bit skewed, if your survey company is reusing old material…

  32. About.a.Starflygirl says:

    Which is your dominant hand? What?!

  33. DH405 says:

    How often do I travel by Segway?!


  34. Morberis says:

    Your survey sucks btw

  35. parabola101 says:

    Hey guys @Consumerist… I am not sure if you create your own surveys, BUT… on question #12 I have a small recommendation — Last time I checked religious freedom also included the right *NOT* to choose. So it would of been nice to have included that among the choices.

  36. ZukeZuke says:

    Filled it out because I want this blog to survive!