Murphy's law applies to surveys
...well, at least partially. VeerChand wrote in to say this about the weblog survey:
I'm terribly sorry to say that one of the data files has gotten corrupted while performing (ironically) a backup operation. This doesn't affect the contiuity of the survey as it is up and running. Sadly we have lost the data for the weblog survey. But if you are having some sort of a backup that you've taken then my guess is we shouldn't be losing many responses.
I did make a backup, but it was a long time before the incident. So it seems that we have actually lost most of the responses.
I hate to do the same thing twice and even more so to ask that from others, but if you've answered the weblog survey on Monday or this morning (Tuesday), chances are that we no longer have your data. So I'd be very, very grateful if you would please go back and fill it in again. The data for the other survey is intact, so it's not necessary to revisit it.
And the moral of this story: when working with computers, make sure you back important things up before you perform a backup.