Terrible Chart Follow-up

Hi All,

Sorry my postings have been a little slow.  I had several things come up.  1) I got hacked again and had to spend time and money updating the site.  I hope you like the new look.  2) I changed projects and it always takes a lot more than you plan to transition to and from another project and company 3) Thanksgiving holiday.  But don’t worry, I am back.

So here is my answer to the last Terrible Chart Tuesday.

I loved all the comments.  If you didn’t check them out, go to the previous post and read the great comments.


Here are my thoughts:

1) The chart should not have a negative value ascending up the vertical axis.  I think it is misleading.  I believe the church was trying to show that they are behind and falling farther behind.  However, just glancing at the chart, I thought we were doing better as the line is ascending upward.

2) This may not be as critical as I thought, but it should be avoided.  We don’t need to show a chart title and a chart legend for 1 line.  Either one or the other should be sufficient for this chart.

3) This is a tough chart to replicate.  So the staffer really had to work at making the chart this bad.  I have attached the data below.  Perhaps I am wrong, but this is a tricky chart to replicate.  Give it a try and let me know if the comments below how you got the negative values have an ascending line going upward.



Thanks for all your comments and support.


Steve= True