Here are a few (somewhat) frequently asked questions, and their answers, about Proloquor.net.
What Is Proloquor.net?
Proloquor.net is a public opinion polling service for everyone. Members sign up to answer questions about the issues of the day, as well as background demographic questions that put their answers into context. Polls for each question are open for a few days and, once closed, the basic results of each poll are available to the Membership to review.
Questions can be “chained” where the answer to one question automatically triggers follow-on questions to ask, allowing Proloquor.net to dive deeper into the subtle details of the issues it investigates. In fact, the results of any question asked at any time can be correlated with any other question, allowing Proloquor.net to find subtle relationships between issues traditional polling services would miss.
Proloquor.net’s paying Clients have a number of options to interact with its data. Clients can subscribe to daily premium content from its editors and analysts on a number of general and specialized topics. Clients can also request specific reports, correlating results between past questions and investigating new relationships between the data. Clients can even commission new questions for Proloquor.net to ask the Membership. Proloquor.net provides a sophisticated pricing structure for clients to ask questions and correlate answers, allowing them to manage costs and focus on key Membership demographics.
What Problem Does It Solve For Its Members?
Have you ever written a letter to the President of the United States? Although most people have lots of opinions on the matters of the day, relatively few attempt to reach out to our leaders directly to make those opinions known. Why not? While few Americans send letters or other direct messages to the President, enough do to easily overwhelm one person, so it’s unlikely he’s able to read the vast majority of them. Although the President doesn’t read every letter, email, text, tweet, or other direct message he receives, someone certainly does. Each administration has staff members who sift through these messages, distilling each down to their bare essentials, and tallying the results into concise metrics for the President to consider. So while he might not be able to appreciate your unique writing style, he can still appreciate the core sentiment you wanted to convey.
Proloquor.net performs a similar service for potentially millions of Members, putting their core sentiments in front of American and world leaders at all levels. With Proloquor.net, Members needn’t worry about how to phrase their responses in just the right way to pique the interest of a fickle news media or social network community. Instead, Members are confident that their opinions will get in front of the people who need to see them most, and that no response carries any more weight than any other, regardless of their social status or rank.
Most importantly, the polling process becomes a 2-way street for its Members. While members don’t receive any monetary or other consideration for their responses, they do have access to the basic results of every question the moment the poll is closed. Paying clients can get access to much more in-depth details and analysis of the responses, but this basic access allows Members to still feel more connected to the problems they’re concerned about, and therefore motivated to engage further.
What Problem Does It Solve For Its Clients?
Consuming polling services has always been a tricky proposition. It’s difficult to gauge the legitimacy and rigor of new and existing services. These services struggle to build and maintain a base of respondents as communication preferences migrate to online platforms competing for their attention. Moreover, most polling services from reputable sources are prohibitively expensive to anyone without significant research budgets.
Proloquor.net addresses these issues for its Clients in several key ways. First, its massive community of engaged Members helps ensure a sufficient sample size for any question asked. This provides ample coverage for U.S. and worldwide issues, but also for regional and local ones, relevant at the state, city, and even community level.
Proloquor.net’s subscription service provides Clients with regular reports on detailed insight into general polling results as well as a myriad of specific interest topics and their impact on public opinion. These reports go beyond the basic results available to all Members, and drill down into some of the hidden relationships between seemingly unrelated results.
For an even deeper analysis, Clients can commission Proloquor.net to provide specific results and correlations of questions asked at any time in the past, but not covered in the basic or subscribed content. If no chain of questions meets the Client’s needs, Proloquor.net can pose new questions to the Membership on the Client’s behalf. Custom question chains and results can be targeted at specific Members (based on their past responses), tailored to the Client’s specific needs. Costs are calculated based on the number of responses pulled from our archives, as well as the number of Members who answered custom questions. This provides Clients immediate, on-demand access to new and existing polling data at a minimal cost and without the lengthy setup times.
Proloquor.net is currently determining its policy on paid advertisements on its websites and other platforms. While we feel advertising doesn’t conflict with our policy of fairness and neutrality for the issues it addresses, standards must be established to address a perception of bias.
Is Proloquor.net’s Methods “Scientific”?
Polling is the inference of properties of a large population from a small sample of that population. Polling is necessary when it is impossible or cost-prohibitive to query every member of the population. Such inferences can be very accurate, even when the sample size is very small, as long as the sample is representative. Traditionally, polling services achieve this through randomizing the selection of sample Members.
Because Proloquor.net relies on Members to ‘opt-in’, it can’t rely on randomness to ensure the sample is representative. However, because it asks Members for various demographic information, it can measure its sample’s deviation from the population via a number of factors. When the deviation affects the accuracy of the inferences, Proloquor.net employs recognized weighting techniques to adjust the results so they accurately reflect that of the larger population. Proloquor.net is uniquely positioned to employ these weighting algorithms because it asks its Members for the needed demographic information once and reuses it constantly, rather than as a precursor to every question like traditional services.
While maintaining a representative sample is key to accurate results, Proloquor.net employs a host of best practices recognized by the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), the world’s leading authority in polling and opinion research.
How Does Proloquor.net Protect Members’ Privacy?
Proloquor.net traffics in the personal data of its Members for profit.
Consider the information that’s generated when you make a purchase on Amazon.com. Your name, address, email, credit card, purchased item, price, etc. are all items that Amazon.com could sell to 3rd parties for a substantial profit. Fortunately, they (generally) don’t. However, such transactions add to a variety of statistics that Amazon.com and other parties find useful. How many items were sold this week? How long did the average consumer spend shopping for it? How many similar items were sold during the same time period? These metrics provide vital business intelligence that can benefit Amazon.com and others without revealing personal information about its customers.
Proloquor.net operates in a similar fashion. While it collects demographic information that is directly linked with individual Members (name, email, race, income, gender, location, affiliations, etc.), as well as individual answers to questions, it never shares that information with anyone in this raw form. Instead, Proloquor.net tallys Member’s responses as counts and percentages, or metrics, and shares them with its Members and Clients without ever revealing any personal information about a Member.
What Does “proloquor” Mean?
“proloquor” is Latin for “speak out”. It emphasizes Proloquor.net’s commitment to fair and inclusive free speech in the information age.