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Old 12-06-2009, 05:21 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Want to be a good poll taker? Use the O-C-T-O-P-U-S method!

Ok so I noticed how hurtful it might seem to a poller when someone answers negatively with a simple "It's okay," or "It's not that cute," etc. but I have created a simple system to giving your opinion in a more gentle and good-natured way.

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I will now explain each letter:

O (Opinion)- This is your opening statement where you say your opinion.
Example: "I don't like it too much."

C (Compliment)- This is were you explain your opinon.
Example: "I think its just the color, it's a great car."

T (Truth)- The biggest reason you don't like it.
Example: "Besides I wouldn't mind driving the car, but OVERALL its not my style exactly.

O (Observations)-Name a few things that stand out.
Example: "I can tell you worked very hard on the graphics. I also noticed how long it must have taken you to get the animation down."

P (Positive)- Turn negative comments positive.
Example: "The seats are leather, that's kind of stuck up to me, but fur covered sheets are totally chic and would totally bring out the car's looks drastically."

U (Utilitarianism)-This word means "greatest good for greatest amount of people" so make sure its a general opinion.
Example: "I'm sure many people would agree that New Moon was an awesome movie, but in my opinion, it was OKAY, but better than Twilight."

S (Sweet and Simple)-End with a short signoff.
Example: Thanks for hearing me out~MegMeg

So here it is in a situation where the movie "New Moon" is discussed (this isn't my real opinion just an example):

I honestly do not like the Twilight Series, I'm not a big fan of romance. I'm more of an action person, but I think it has a good plot overall. The main issue I have is how the book is souly based on the Edward-Bella-Jacob relationships and nothing more, but a few times I admit they do talk about action-packed werewolf scenes. I can tell that this movie will probably do better than "Twilight" and I notice that the series does well of merchandise, some of which I find cute. I think that Bella being extremely in love with him is kinda weird, but then again, I am not one to judge as one day I might be in love. At least they are loving towards each other. In my opinion, New Moon is below mediocre, but I can see that it has its ups and downs.

Thank you for letting me voice my opinion

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Old 12-06-2009, 05:33 PM   #2
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Great thread!
I love your Octopus Method! xD
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:33 PM   #3
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MegMeg, this is a GREAT idea. "The Octopus Method" -- how creative!

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Very good guide! I've been seeing a lot of people just posting "ugh, I hate new moon."... they should follow the O-C-T-O-P-U-S method, everyone would be a lot happier that way! Great job!
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:40 PM   #5
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Great Thread! All those tips everyone should follow!
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:41 PM   #6
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View Post Originally Posted by Sgarabo
Great thread!
I love your Octopus Method! xD
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MegMeg, this is a GREAT idea. "The Octupus Method" -- how creative!
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Very good guide! I've been seeing a lot of people just posting "ugh, I hate new moon."... they should follow the O-C-T-O-P-U-S method, everyone would be a lot happier that way! Great job!
Thanks so much! I'm getting a little tired of peple just randomly putting "I don't like it." instead of a reasonable "I don't really like it, but you put a lot of effort into it, and a few things I like are----"
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:45 PM   #7
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Thanks so much! I'm getting a little tired of peple just randomly putting "I don't like it." instead of a reasonable "I don't really like it, but you put a lot of effort into it, and a few things I like are----"
Yeah...it is mean and what if the person who made the poll put a lot of effort into it (like you said) and they were all excited, they just made a new poll and that just tore them down?
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:49 PM   #8
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Yeah...it is mean and what if the person who made the poll put a lot of effort into it (like you said) and they were all excited, they just made a new poll and that just tore them down?
Especially when its about a homemade avatar because those take a LOT of time and effort to make and a simple "I don't think its that good" isn't going to influence them to make more
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:53 PM   #9
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Especially when its about a homemade avatar because those take a LOT of time and effort to make and a simple "I don't think its that good" isn't going to influence them to make more
I don't lie if I don't think it's the best I would say like "It's alright. I like how you colored the 'blah blah blah'" or whatever but not "It's bad. I would never use it." << that is M-E-A-N.
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:55 PM   #10
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Especially when its about a homemade avatar because those take a LOT of time and effort to make and a simple "I don't think its that good" isn't going to influence them to make more
Yeah, I always feel upset if someone says that to someone else. ):
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