Opinion Rating Scale
Opinion rating scale: -2 to +2
(-2)Strong Opposed: I disagree, and will argue the point vehemently
(-1)Opposed: I disagree, but not strongly
( 0)Neutral: I have no real opinion on the matter
(+1)Support: I agree, but not strongly
(+2)Strong Support: I agree, and will argue the point vehemently
This scale is useful when trying to decide on a course of action where people disagree on certain points. It is not really any different than the scale used by sociology questionnaires, but I find the definitions I use more clear and suitable for taking action.
Note: the scale is not cumulative. You can’t add it up as a voting mechanism. If you were going to do that, think of the number more like an exponent.
For example, The Wife and I often disagree on the best course of action. The moment we have a disagreement on the correct course of action, we call out our ratings on various pros and cons.
If I am for an action, but not strongly (+1), and she is against the same action, vehemently (-2), we can stop discussing or debating the matter instantly; and proceed with her choice. If we are -2/+2, we need to discuss the point more.
This allows people to voice dissent, while not having the vehement party waste time trying to convince the non-vehement party… just move on to clearing up the vehement disagreements. Also, this prevents argument when one individual does not support the action as vehemently as the other: there is no point arguing with someone that agrees with you.
Brad Hughes - 2017-07-04 14:27:41-0400
You need another tier to represent the real world. A `3+/-` for: I know I am right and will not listen to reason. :)
Plaid Sheep - 2017-07-04 15:38:21-0400
+Brad Hughes I was trying to keep it simple. Originally, `2` was designated, "I will die before I change my mind". Then I thought... one should never admit to that. ;) EDIT: Basically, I was being polite when I used the word "vehemently"
Brad Hughes - 2017-07-04 15:45:28-0400
`2` as in your example is for somone who feels strongly but is at least listening, I went into a meeting last week and I was a `+2` on the topic. I had no intention of changing my mind. By the end of the meeting I was converted via resoned argument and I switched sides. But if somone shuts down and refuses to listen to any argument then my thinking is that you should to represent that in your matrix. I have no idea what you are using this for but I can imagine a few use cases for a `3` level. When I am anwering a question about something with a multiple choice which has no good answer I hate to fill it in with an incorrect answer.
Plaid Sheep - 2017-07-04 15:52:40-0400
*Brad Hughes* I agree that another level would be useful. With people who know the matrix, I've expressed it as `+10` before (to express that the person we are talking about is off the chart). Perhaps `3` is defined as a "emotional/not even rational" level. I've used this as a self-reporting mechanism, and I would expect that nobody would ever confess to this, but it may be useful from an impartial observer's point of view.
Brad Hughes - 2017-07-04 16:02:29-0400
if we assume each level is an exponential increase a `3` would handle the irrational actors. I don't know how you would define the wording for a `3`. It's an extreme hate/rage over something or obsessive compulsive level of devotion to something. In either case as you said unrational might be the word... some people are irrationally afriad of spiders/water/planes, etc. irrational/unquestioning/blind opposition or agreement And yeah, who would say that? My hatred of what ever I hate is completely rational. :) It's been very nice having this chat with you. I place it at a `+1`. :)