Poll Results on Performance Culture

Our latest poll asked:

What’s the web performance situation on your main project?

Then provided five possible answers related to the general attitude of the team as it relates to web performance, ranging from “everybody cares” to “nobody cares”.

With over 13,000 votes, the data is in!

See the Pen Data on Performance Culture by Chris Coyier (@chriscoyier) on CodePen.

The good news is that between “Everybody cares and actively works to maintain and improve.” (19%) and “Some people care, but isn’t often an active priority.” (34%), that’s 54% of projects where that at least multiple people caring about performance. For a subject that feels like it’s only recently been in the spotlight, that seems pretty good.

You gotta feel for the quarter of people who voted “I care, but I’m the single lonely voice.” (26%) and especially for the projects where there is no consensus “There are warring factions. (e.g. dev is on board, but management isn’t)” (8%).

That leaves only “Nobody cares at all.” with only 13% of projects.

You gotta wonder how this will evolve. Will performance awareness and active effort become a bigger thing on projects? Perhaps entire teams like DevOps has become? Or are we at peak performance-caring-abouting?

Poll Results on Performance Culture is a post from CSS-Tricks


New Poll: “front” “end” ughck.

I don’t think it causes confusion, but there doesn’t seem to be any consensus on how we write out the word front end. I had to make a choice right there. My preferred style, for now, is just that: front end. But I figured it would be a fun and potentially interesting poll to see what everyone thinks. Voting in the widget in the sidebar (large screen) or somewhere-down-there (small screen).

New Poll: “front” “end” ughck. is a post from CSS-Tricks


Poll Results on the Unsolicited Startup Idea Email

In this last poll we asked:

You get an email from someone you’ve never met (poor communication skills, but a decent idea) and they want to cut you in and give you control over a new web company they want to start. Do you:

And listed some potential responses. This is how you over 27,000 of you responded.

See the Pen Pie Chart with Conic Gradient by Chris Coyier (@chriscoyier) on CodePen.

The most common response was “Delete the email.” with nearly half the votes (46%). I don’t find this particularly surprising. I said in the premise that the email was worded poorly. That often scans as spam, which we have little tolerance for. Even if you can tell it isn’t, it’s not a good start. We are so busy these days, we don’t typically have time for even the best of ideas, let alone questionable ones. 6% would respond with “Thanks but no thanks.”

The second biggest slice was “Email back to discuss, but skeptically.” at 31%. This is the most pragmatic choice, assuming you don’t have so many of these the few minutes it takes to type up replies would eat up your whole day. Between outright rejecting the idea and being skeptical of it, we’re at 83%.

9% of you said you’d “Email back to discuss, all business.”

The remaining is split, 4% and 4%, between the two positive answers “Email back to discuss, flattered and positive” and “Jump right in, startupville here I come.”

Doesn’t bode well for our poor unsolicited email.

So what should they put in the email if they are trying to do better at finding help with their idea? I’m not sure our limited data can speak to that, but a little life experience and common sense could. I’d say:

  • Be clear, direct, well-spoken, and honest in the email.
  • Keep it short.
  • Offer some evidence that you are real and your thing is real.
  • Be excited and optimistic.
  • Explain exactly what you need.
  • Explain why it could be good for both of us.

New poll in next few days. Always open to ideas!

Poll Results on the Unsolicited Startup Idea Email is a post from CSS-Tricks


New Poll: You get this email…

Maybe you know the kind. It’s from someone you’ve never met, but it sounds like good news. They have an idea for new web thing. They know what you do, and they want your help. In fact, they want to cut you in on it, perhaps co-found this company. Control over the parts that matter to you. It’s a decent idea. Not mind-blowing, but lots of ideas seem kind mediocre at first right? It’s what you do with them, you think.

But the email is worded kinda poorly. Not a great sign for a first email, it seems like. Not quite spam, but it flirts with that vibe.

That’s what this poll is about.

It doesn’t matter if the email turns out to be legit or not. I just want to know what you’re next move is.

The poll question (and possible answers) are embedded on the site. Sidebar on largeish screens, somewhere down the tube on smallish screens.

New Poll: You get this email… is a post from CSS-Tricks