This week's survey is going to provide some fun debating topics. I'd like to know what the number 1 thing is that YOU go after when performance tuning – what do you think is most important? (Assuming you're not just randomly walking up to a server to do some perf tuning – there's an actual problem).

[Edit: And, as I say below – please no comments about what you picked until the results post next week – it skews the results. I've already had to delete 6 comments and ask for them to be held until next week.]

There is deliberately no 'it depends' answer, no 'combination' answer, and no way to suggest something else. If what you think is most important isn't on the list, don't vote, but I'd like to hear your opinion after the editorial next week.

As always, a big Thanks! for contributing to the blog by responding. Please shoot me an email (Contact button, bottom left of the blog), or ping me on Twitter (@PaulRandal) if you have an idea for a good survey.

PS And again, as always, no comments on this post please (I'll delete them straight away) – please wait for the survey results post to avoid skewing the answers. I'm very interested in your reasoning, but not until everyone else responds.