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The time has come to say goodbye to the MakeUseOf Poll. It may return in some form in the future, but for now we want to focus on reading and responding to your comments on all of our articles. Your opinions are important to us, more now than ever before.

We have chosen, in a final show of vanity, to make the last poll all about ourselves. Therefore, we’re asking you to vote for your favorite section at MakeUseOf. There are 20 to choose from, making this the most epic poll we have ever run. Or at least it will be if you all vote…

No to Netflix

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from two weeks ago, when we asked, “Are You Addicted to Netflix? Are You Addicted to Netflix? [MakeUseOf Poll] Are You Addicted to Netflix? [MakeUseOf Poll] With Netflix now being available in 190 countries worldwide, we felt the time was right to question our readers on their Netflix usage. Read More

Out of a total of 231 votes, 29% chose I Don’t Have Netflix, 26.4% chose At Least a Couple of Hours Every Week, 20.4% chose At Least a Couple of Hours Every Day, 8.7% chose Too Many to Count, 7.8% chose At Least a Couple of Hours Every Month, and 7.8% chose I Cannot Remember the Last Time I Watched Netflix!

These results show that there is still a fair portion of our readers who don’t, and, taking the comments into consideration, likely never will, have Netflix. Of those who do have Netflix Netflix vs. Hulu vs. Amazon Prime: Which Should You Choose? Netflix vs. Hulu vs. Amazon Prime: Which Should You Choose? It has been years since we've compared heavy-hitting streaming services, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. And with changes in pricing, content, quality, and interface, we thought it was time to revisit the topic. Read More , the usage varies considerably from person to person, with most using it between a couple of hours every day and a couple of hours every week.



Comment of the Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Peter Fitzsimmons, Joseph Krak, and Mark ‘Mr. Marcus’ Major. Comment of the Week goes to Xoandre, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment Are You Addicted to Netflix? [MakeUseOf Poll] Are You Addicted to Netflix? [MakeUseOf Poll] With Netflix now being available in 190 countries worldwide, we felt the time was right to question our readers on their Netflix usage. Read More :

I have found that 90% of the Netflix content is unwatchable rubbish. The few key gems are what I watch. The first half of every month, I will see what new items they have added (usually 30 pieces of worthless garbage and 2-3 things I may or may not care about). But for the most part, I am bored and considering discontinuing my Netflix account because there is no innovation and their release schedule is pathetic.

What would bring revolutionary change and amazing subscription increases would be:

1. Reinvent the search feature when using Google TV to stream Netflix. As it stands, you can search by title of the program or by actor name. There are no GENREs (other than the redundant ones suggested and filled with the same 10-20 Films/TV Series).

2. Time-shift the release schedule so that each of the Netflix Original shows comes out 1 month after the previous release. Having all 10-20 Netflix shows coming out at one time and then leaving us binge-watchers without any further content for 6 months to a year after we have finished the season allows loss of interest.

3. STOP listing the same 3 films or shows in every single category. Dreamworks’ PENGUINS is not a THRILLER or a SCI-FI film. It’s not a Documentary or a Foreign-language film. Yet it appears in every one of those categories. HOW TO MAKE A MURDERER is not a Comedy or a Family Favorites, but it lists as such in those and other inappropriate categories.

4. Get rid of the filler. Browsing through my full screen of options on Netflix, I see 50 of the same exact titles in every row of suggested content. I also see rubbish strewn all over the place – things that they sell at Dollar stores on DVD that NO ONE WANTS TO BUY.

5. With my 75MBps connection and nothing else running, my speedtest comes back perfectly fine. However, streaming a 45 min TV Episode on MEDIUM QUALITY causes the LOADING screen mid-way through the show. NETFLIX has a long road to make their content streamable on their end. That being the whole point, it’s high time they make it their primary focus.

We chose this comment because it offers some ways Netflix could improve its service, at least for this reader in particular. The fact is Netflix is far from perfect, and we would hope, and expect, Netflix to constantly be working behind the scenes to improve it. Especially now that it’s available in 190 countries Netflix Expands Everywhere, Oculus Pricing Causes Rift... [Tech News Digest] Netflix Expands Everywhere, Oculus Pricing Causes Rift... [Tech News Digest] Netflix is now available in almost every country, the Oculus Rift will cost you $599, Politwoops embarrasses backtracking politicians, Psychonauts 2 is getting made, and Trevor from GTA V is now selling Old Spice. Read More .

MakeUseOf Opinions

So, we come to the last MakeUseOf Poll for a while, and it’s a doozy. As regular readers will know, MakeUseOf comprises multiple sections all specializing in particular subjects. There are 20 sections at the time of writing, with others coming and going as we expand and experiment.

We simply want to know what your favorite section is right now. This isn’t a popularity contest, and we won’t be making editorial decisions based on the results. However, they should provide us with a nice snapshot of the sections our regular readers are most interested in exploring.

Once you have voted in the poll above, please explain in the comments section why you voted that way. Why do you like that section above all of the others? Do you have an inherent interest in that subject? Or is it the quality of writing, the authors’ expertise, or something else?

The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. As this is the last MakeUseOf Poll, at least in its current form, we won’t be choosing a comment of the week, but rest assured we appreciate all of your opinions.

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  1. Ramraj
    February 3, 2016 at 10:57 am

    I like the linux section the most . Please post more linux articles . I am using MUO from the day one I started to use my laptop . Initially I had windows 7 installed in my laptop . My linux venture started after reading those linux articles in MUO . Within 3 months I switched to linux . It has been six years and I am an average linux user now .

  2. A41202813GMAIL ..
    February 2, 2016 at 6:17 am

    Without Browsers, There Is No Internet.

    Without Extensions, Browsers Are Dull.

    With The Push ( ? ) To Have Everything In The Cloud ( Data And Programs ), Sooner Or Later, The Browser Will Be The Future OS - You Only Need A Dumb Terminal ( A La Mainframe ), And Input Devices To Stay Connected.

    What Is Still Missing ? ...


  3. Mona
    February 2, 2016 at 3:04 am

    I voted for Mac OS X because, while I use a Mac, I have yet to become proficient. I spent the first 40 years using a PC. Now I am unlearning PC. I have come to love my Mac, and a I've discovered a lot from reading MUO articles. Your rich offerings ("trainings" for me) are very much appreciated! Please keep doing the great job that you do.

  4. Maryon Jeane
    February 1, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    I'm rather catholic in my IT interests, so at any given time I could be looking at any (or all) of the pieces in MUO. It's super the way everything is, as other commenters have mentioned, in non-techie terms - in real-life-speak, and all the contributors seem very human. Commenters (with just a couple of exceptions) are also human, intelligent and courteous - which is a highly refreshing change from many online areas.

    MUO covers just about every area, from the severely practical through to future envisaging, which is excellent. It's a very 'different' and almost idiosyncratic publication, and it's just right. This is proved by the variety of comments and commenters.

    Working from home and largely in isolation (although not in such isolation as Cat!), I enjoy reading MUO with a coffee and so feeling part of the world - albeit a virtual world - for a space. It stimulates my mind when I've driven myself into the doldrums with a piece of mundane work or administration, and reawakens my interest in life, the universe and everything.

    I must admit to being one of the people who doesn't often take part in the polls, although I usually read the results and comments the polls generate. This is because I'd rather spend the time reading the contributions and commenting myself, not because I don't think the polls are worthwhile. I too am sorry to see them go.

    Please keep up the excellent work - MUO is the only publication, online or off, which I read regularly!

  5. Shawn Wayne
    February 1, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    I read pretty much all the content! I originally came here when I was looking for articles on the Android platform, and now that I've moved away from the Android platform on my primary smartphone, I'm now looking more and more at the IOS articles!

    I'm quite the discerning geek who likes all things technology, so I try to at least glance at all the content that I am interested in. I use Windows and Linux, so I spend a lot of time there. A while ago I found an article on Plex, and that helped me get my media server up and running. There is a lot of great content here, keep it coming!

    • Dave Parrack
      February 1, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      Just don't switch from iOS to Windows Phone, as we don't really cover Microsoft's mobile operating system!

      We will keep it coming, just as long as you keep on reading :)

  6. Cat
    February 1, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    I wonder how many of your readers are in my situation...?
    I live remotely - on an island - and even more remotely on the actual island (far from civilisation)
    I have limited data (10GB a month, when it works) but am a self-employed, forward thinking, life hacking (all areas) geek.
    I'm an avid consumer of information, keen to test websites, hacks and apps but seldom able to buy (or trust the shipping) of any actual hardware.
    I certainly can't stream anything - even a video or two from YouTube can ensure I lose contact with the outside World if my data runs out - and seldom able to access locations to 'borrow' their WiFi for downloads (you should see my excitement when I get to update operating systems on either my Android, iDevices or PC! - ridiculous!)

    With the joint
    (1) limited data but
    (2) passion for life hacking and information absorption and application,
    MUO has been a joy over the years!
    Relevant content several times a week, and some days, twice or more!

    For me, your current content formula probably hits the mark about 10-20% of the time and considering my circumstances and the breadth of your subjects, I'd call that a real win!

    Thanks for all the work you do - invaluable to this little soul.

    • Dave Parrack
      February 1, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      I'd guess there's very few people who share your situation, but it's certainly an intriguing one.

      I think 20% is damn good, although we are always aiming to improve. Perhaps instead of the poll we should have somewhere for people such as yourselves to tell us what kind of content you want.

      Thanks for commenting :)

  7. Woman Smith
    February 1, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Almost all of them, because it is explained in "real people" language.

  8. Susan
    January 31, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    I have found solutions to problems and answers to questions on MUO, Technology Explained. This is my go-to site for stuff like that.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 31, 2016 at 11:01 pm

      That makes sense. Technology Explained is very much the quintessential MakeUseOf section.

  9. Jaden Peterson
    January 31, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    I love the linux section, and I think it needs more articles. Linux if my favorite kernel (even though I don't really have a favorite kernel). I love reading about all of the tricks and tips and applications.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 31, 2016 at 11:03 pm

      Thanks for commenting. We are trying to produce more Linux content, but as it's such a niche topic the number of experts able to write about it is fairly small.

      • Jaden Peterson
        February 1, 2016 at 5:52 am

        I understand. Like I said, I run Linux myself, and use it quite often. I would be willing to write Linux articles if you need any authors :)

  10. Philip Bates
    January 31, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Very sorry to see the polls going, but what a doozy to leave us with. It's like, 'which is your favourite child?' Fortunately, I'm childless. Still not voting though. I'm probably not allowed to.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 31, 2016 at 11:03 pm

      Of course you can! It's all anonymous anyway.

  11. nolongerapple
    January 31, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Windows of course.

  12. Ross Edwards
    January 31, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    I chose the internet, because you always have tips, sites, downloads, and other great things about the internet. Keep up the great work, guys. I love reading new things about the internet and ways to speed it up, etc...

    • Saikat Basu
      February 1, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      Thanks for the good words, Ross. Rest assured, like the rest of the site, we will continue to raise the bar.

  13. Peter Fitzsimmons
    January 31, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    I have been reading MUO for a few years and have seen it change and evolve during that time.

    One of my favourite parts was always the Polls.

    It's always interesting to see what other people think about any given subject and I have often found myself learning a lot from it.

    I will be sad to see this regular section go and hope it returns one day.

    I know it's not on the list above, but that's my choice and I'm sticking to it! haha

    • Dave Parrack
      January 31, 2016 at 11:07 pm

      Thanks for the kind words, Peter. You've been one of the most regular commenters on the polls, and I'm grateful for that.

      Unfortunately, the number of people voting and commenting has dropped in recent months, making it hard to justify continuing with the column. However, we're considering integrating poll elements into regular articles, or reinvigorating the format in some other way. We certainly haven't lost interest in hearing the views of our readers.

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