HOW TO FILL IN THE QUESTIONNAIRE You might want to print this articleout so that you can refer to it. Note : all information given will beheld in confidence unless you sayotherwise (you can opt for eitherdetails of your interests and/or yourphone number to be included in thedatabase for members' use). As anunincorporated members' club, 8-BitSoftware is exempt from registrationunder the Data Protection Act 1984. The questionnaire is entered by typing104 <RETURN> from the magazine menu. Itis designed to be easily understandableand simple to fill in, and shouldn'ttake you more than ten minutes or so tocomplete. There are just over 50 questions, mostof which can be answered by a singlekeypress, and each time you are askedone, its number will be printed besideit. There are a number of ways that youcan answer each question, and in eachcase this will be made clear by thequestion itself. For example, some questions will wantyou to simply press Y or N, some willrequire you to press a number (0-9),some might want you to type in a wordor several words (finish with RETURN),and some might want you to type in anumber (use RETURN to finish). You will notice, while you are goingthrough the questionnaire, that eachquestion has a "default answer"indicated. If you just press RETURN,then the default answer will be enteredfor you. This is in case you wish to stopfilling in the questionnaire half-waythrough, and then skip the questionsyou have already answered when you loadup the questionnaire for the secondtime. To quit the questionnaire, pressESCAPE. The answers you have entered sofar will be saved, and these willbecome the default answers. When youload the questionnaire up again fromthe magazine menu, all you need to dois to press RETURN for each of theanswers you have entered already - youwon't need to type them in again. You can also press RETURN if you don'twant to answer a question for anyreason - I don't insist that you answerall of them - or if you don't know theanswer. But please bear in mind that aquestionnaire with most questions notanswered will mean nothing to me, andthis means your views won't be properlyrepresented in deciding how 8BS will berun in the future. If you make a mistake, you can go backand correct it. There are two ways ofdoing this. If you are answering aquestion for which the answer does notneed to end with RETURN (for example,Y/N or 0-9), simply press DELETE. Thiswill take you BACK to the PREVIOUSquestion, so that you can enter adifferent answer from the one you haveput in. If you want to go back again, pressDELETE again, and so on. When you wantto go forward again, simply enter thecorrect answer in the usual way - orpress RETURN if you have already giventhe correct answer to that question. However, when you are answering aquestion that requires a string or anumber to be typed in (for example,"What is your name?" or "How old areyou?"), you CANNOT move back bypressing DELETE. Instead, simply typein a star (*) then press RETURN. Thiswill move you backwards in the same wayas DELETE would in any other question. Sometimes the questionnaire willautomatically skip several questionswhen going backwards or forwards - forexample, if you had said that you didnot want 8-bit Software to know yourphone number, it would not ask you forit! If you type in an answer that is toolong, or obviously incorrect in someother way, then the program will askthe question again. If you are totallystuck then just press RETURN to move onto the next question. Here are some explanations of some ofthe more difficult questions: "Is your disk controller chip an 8271or a 1770?" To find this out, press CONTROL-D-BREAKtogether. If one of the lines on thescreen is "Acorn 1770 DFS" then theanswer is 1770. If it is "Acorn 8271DFS" then it is 8271. If it is just"Acorn DFS" then assume that it is an8271. How many banks of sideways RAM doesyour machine have? If your machine is a BBC B and you havenever added any sideways RAM, then theanswer is zero. If your machine is aMaster and you have never disabled anyof its RAM banks, then the answer is 4.If the questionnaire asks a questionlike,"Do you have a 32016co-processor?" and you don't know whatit is, assume that you haven't got oneand answer no. For the question,"Which of thesecomputers do you own - BBC B, Master128, Master Compact, Master 512", ifyou have more than one of these, givethe one which you use most. Forexample, if you had a BBC B and aMaster Compact but used the Compactmore, you would answer "C". There is also a section of thequestionnaire that asks you for yourinterests. This is because I amplanning to create a database of whichmembers are interested in what. Thiswould mean that members could get intouch with other members who havesimilar interests. These interests are divided intocomputer-related (e.g. games, businessprogramming) or general (e.g. PBMgaming, free-fall parachuting). If youdo NOT want to be included in eitherpart of the database, then you can optnot to by answering "N" to theappropriate question. There is spacefor three computing-related interestsand three general interests - don'tworry if you leave some blank! If yourinterest won't fit in the 15 charactersallowed, then try to abbreviate itsomehow. When you get past the last question,the questionnaire will go back to thefirst one. Keep going round and round(pressing RETURN to go past the answersthat are right) until you are sure thatall the answers are correct. Then pressESCAPE. Your completed questionnairewill be automatically saved to thedisk. All you need to do then is to copy thefilled-in questionnaire (the fileQUEST) onto the BLANK FORMATTED DISKthat you are going to send for one ofthe next issues, along with anysubmissions (text, articles, softwareetc). You can either send the file QUEST tome when you write for Issue 28, or sendit to Chris Richardson when you writeto him for Issue 27, and he willforward it to me.