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Poll: Location poll (48 member(s) have cast votes)

What region do you live in?

  1. Pacific Northwest (6 votes [12.50%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 12.50%

  2. California (4 votes [8.33%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 8.33%

  3. Four Corners area (3 votes [6.25%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 6.25%

  4. Wisconsin (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  5. Chicago (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  6. Ohio (3 votes [6.25%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 6.25%

  7. The South (4 votes [8.33%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 8.33%

  8. Western/middle Pennsylvania (2 votes [4.17%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.17%

  9. Philadelphia / lower NJ area (3 votes [6.25%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 6.25%

  10. New York (2 votes [4.17%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.17%

  11. New England (1 votes [2.08%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.08%

  12. British Isles (3 votes [6.25%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 6.25%

  13. Continental Europe (5 votes [10.42%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 10.42%

  14. Australia (4 votes [8.33%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 8.33%

  15. Other (8 votes [16.67%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 16.67%

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Posted 05 August 2016 - 07:16 PM #1 What area do you live in? (POLL)

Pick the best answer.  Feel free to give more details in a post, or not.  Categories have been chosen based on known member locations, which is why some are much more specific or cover a bigger or smaller area than others.  Feel free to complain about them in a post, or not.  Woo.
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Posted 05 August 2016 - 08:04 PM #2 What area do you live in? (POLL)

The East Coast is present in detail. Everything west of that is a few scattered specific locales, oddly mostly either containing s C or being Ohio. What about the Midwest? Pacific Northwest? Texas? Unclear if there's anywhere from those parts of the US but it's a little odd to have no options at all for anyone outside the known Spiderweb hotspots.

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Posted 05 August 2016 - 09:15 PM #3 What area do you live in? (POLL)

I live in Nevada, so I'm not sure which one I'm supposed to pick. Other, I guess.
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Posted 06 August 2016 - 03:58 AM #4 What area do you live in? (POLL)

Right now im in Mozambique but i live in Kenya but in 2 years its Portugal so....  Other?

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Posted 06 August 2016 - 06:22 AM #5 What area do you live in? (POLL)

I don't really have a permanent address at the moment, but I will have moved to Ireland four months from now, so that might make British Isles the best answer.
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Posted 06 August 2016 - 06:36 PM #6 What area do you live in? (POLL)

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Posted 07 August 2016 - 07:44 PM #7 What area do you live in? (POLL)

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Posted 08 August 2016 - 10:08 AM #8 What area do you live in? (POLL)

View PostCallie, on 05 August 2016 - 09:15 PM, said:

I live in Nevada, so I'm not sure which one I'm supposed to pick. Other, I guess.


I feel like Four Corners could have been replaced with a broader category. The way I usually hear that used applies to about a 100 mile radius from the quadripoint or, at most, the whole Colorado Plateau. I see Slarty sorted me there in the meetup thread, but it's probably not a label I would have applied to myself.  
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Posted 08 August 2016 - 11:20 AM #9 What area do you live in? (POLL)

Is there a better name for the set of four states?  I guess "Four Corners States"...
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Posted 08 August 2016 - 11:36 AM #10 What area do you live in? (POLL)

The Southwest would cover those four plus probably Nevada and Texas. Or just The West, which would also include Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.

Really, I shouldn't be the one complaining (even though you told us to). I feel for the Spiderwebber in Oak Park trying to decide how broad your definition of Chicago is. :p
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Posted 08 August 2016 - 11:47 AM #11 What area do you live in? (POLL)

"region"
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Posted 08 August 2016 - 12:50 PM #12 What area do you live in? (POLL)

I am in Iowa, none of the choices fit so I picked Other.  Chicago is five hours away and I have never heard of anyone in Iowa who refers to living near Chicago.
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Posted 08 August 2016 - 02:29 PM #13 What area do you live in? (POLL)

Growing up in Chicago, I've heard plenty of people say they are from Chicago, but they really mean suburban Chicago, like Oak Park.  :)

I put down Four Corners, but southern Arizona is really only that by making it the four states that meet there.
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Posted 08 August 2016 - 04:56 PM #14 What area do you live in? (POLL)

11 choices for the US, three for the rest of the world - Americans still find themselves picking 'other'.

If I were to offer my opinion I would suggest that your method of breaking down the regions has resulted in a less efficient sorting method than keeping them more general.

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Posted 08 August 2016 - 07:13 PM #15 What area do you live in? (POLL)

You could've just gone by federal judicial circuit...

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Posted 08 August 2016 - 08:07 PM #16 What area do you live in? (POLL)

He's a mod. He could have just harvested all the IP addresses and (assuming no privacy VPN tunnels) just categorized us his way and locked the thread. In fact, why didn't you?
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Posted 09 August 2016 - 06:21 AM #17 What area do you live in? (POLL)

Yeah, it might've been a better idea just to use regular geographic regions rather than these inconsistent categories. For the U.S., the BEA regions are pretty good (New England, essentially Mid-Atlantic, South, Great Lakes, Plains, Southwest, Rocky Mountain, essentially West Coast), although I might want a few more granular distinctions (Upper South and Deep South, for example).

For the rest of the world, continents seem like a good starting point — although, again, a few more granular distinctions might be nice (especially for Africa and Asia, because they're so large).
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Posted 09 August 2016 - 06:48 AM #18 What area do you live in? (POLL)

Well, I suppose I did invite everyone to complain :)

Just to reiterate -- the reason for using these highly inconsistent categories, was because the goal was not to look at geographic distribution overall, but rather to show the most relevant detail in the least amount of options.  Obviously having Africa, Asia, and a lot of other stuff rolled into "Other" isn't equitable, but given that no one has replied who is in Asia (all 4 "Other" responses are accounted for, and none of them are near any other respondants thus far), it wouldn't really help anything to split Asia into multiple parts.  All of the areas specifically listed definitely have multiple members in them, accounting for people who haven't answered the poll, however small the areas may be.
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Posted 09 August 2016 - 02:38 PM #19 What area do you live in? (POLL)

View PostSpiderweb Go, on 09 August 2016 - 06:48 AM, said:

Just to reiterate -- the reason for using these highly inconsistent categories, was because the goal was not to look at geographic distribution overall, but rather to show the most relevant detail in the least amount of options.
I get that, but it doesn't look like you've succeeded at even that goal.

And the terms that you've used are not very clear to people in those regions (e.g., "Four Corners area" to someone in Arizona probably means someone in northeast Arizona, but I think you meant to cover the whole state).

View PostSpiderweb Go, on 09 August 2016 - 06:48 AM, said:

All of the areas specifically listed definitely have multiple members in them, accounting for people who haven't answered the poll,
Having categories that make sense only when the people you expect to answer actually do answer is not great poll design.
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Posted 09 August 2016 - 02:44 PM #20 What area do you live in? (POLL)

...it's almost like, since we already have this information about a bunch of other people, it isn't necessary for them to answer the poll -- it's easy enough to merge all that information.

This isn't complicated.  Terms were picked to describe existing data, not cover all possibilities, and the post explicitly says "pick the best answer" in light of that.  This is a message board, so where the categories are insufficient, people can post more information to clarify.  *shrug*
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Posted 09 August 2016 - 03:03 PM #21 What area do you live in? (POLL)

I think we should do Benford sorting instead.

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 07:39 PM #22 What area do you live in? (POLL)

My current address starts with a 1. Does that mean I have to change my PDN to "Benford?" :rolleyes:

Also, I guess Florida is "The South" for the porpoises of this poll?

Edit: off the top of my head, I can think of at least two other addresses I've had that also started with 1, one that started with 3, one that started with 2, and one that started with 5 (plus several other past residences whose addresses I don't recall).

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 08:17 PM #23 What area do you live in? (POLL)

View PostKelandon, on 09 August 2016 - 02:38 PM, said:

And the terms that you've used are not very clear to people in those regions (e.g., "Four Corners area" to someone in Arizona probably means someone in northeast Arizona, but I think you meant to cover the whole state).
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Posted 10 August 2016 - 05:42 AM #24 What area do you live in? (POLL)

If nothing else, I find it odd that the categories are non-overlapping. With several "Other" responses from people inside the US who feel their area isn't covered, I'd have added at the very least an "Other - North America" option, with the instruction to pick the most specific one applicable. Right now, for example, that would absorb 3/4 of the Other votes.

(I'm also not sure why Chicago and Wisconsin each get separate categories. They haven't been picked yet, and Wisconsin isn't particularly populous - #20 according to Wikipedia.)

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Posted 10 August 2016 - 09:01 AM #25 What area do you live in? (POLL)

I am genuinely surprised that California is not the most/ one of the most popular areas.

That's right, there are other places in the world.
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Posted 10 August 2016 - 02:03 PM #26 What area do you live in? (POLL)

I believe that there are several of us who have connections to California but do not currently live there.  That said, CA is only slightly under represented in the poll right now.  1/8 of the US population, so it should have two votes not one.  My first address started with a 1.

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Posted 10 August 2016 - 07:21 PM #27 What area do you live in? (POLL)

Chicago and WI perhaps should be the same category.  That said, I know of three members in WI and three in Chicago, which would make for a pretty big category.

I've lived at six different addresses beginning with a 1, spread across four states.  Sheesh.
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Posted 11 August 2016 - 11:16 AM #28 What area do you live in? (POLL)

I've lived at only one address beginning with a 1, but the past three places where I've lived were all had a repeating number in them.
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Posted 11 August 2016 - 12:55 PM #29 What area do you live in? (POLL)

5,8,4,9,and 7 were all from the street address, however if you include post office boxes there was a 1.  Two places had adjacent repeating numbers.

Maybe Slarty could have a poll based upon current location numbers.  :)
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Posted 11 August 2016 - 03:38 PM #30 What area do you live in? (POLL)

Well, it looks like the departure of the Calref Commune hasn't left me completely alone on this side of the Mississippi. Who's up for a camping meet up for us rugged Westerners? :p
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Posted 12 August 2016 - 07:09 AM #31 What area do you live in? (POLL)

Hm. The street numbers I've lived in, in order, are 10, 88, 6, 121, 32, 55, 23, 10 and 40.

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Posted 12 August 2016 - 09:55 AM #32 What area do you live in? (POLL)

California (Los Angeles).  

I did live in actual Chicago for two years once.  Maybe a good term to refer to Chicago and a somewhat vast suburban area (but not Iowa or Wisconsin) would be "Chicagoland."  Also previously would have been able to answer Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, Pacific Northwest, New England, The South, and Other x2.

I have lived at three addresses starting with a 1,  but also nine addresses that have not, and five I can't remember/don't know.

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Posted 12 August 2016 - 01:58 PM #33 What area do you live in? (POLL)

Well let's see, from where I am now Ohio is about 12 miles north of me, so technically in 'the south'.  However the southernmost point in Ohio is several miles south of me (& several dozen off to one side), so It's hard to pick 'the south' when parts of 'the north' are south of me.... confused yet?  So I could justifiably pick 'Ohio' as that's much closer to me than the states that I do consider 'the south', but then again that would associate me with Cleveland & I just don't want that.  'Other' it is then....

As to the other developing thread offshoot - my parents lived/still live in a '1' & I did spend a few years in my own '1', however the vast majority of my home ownership (2 houses spanning 25+ years out of 30ish) has been with a '2'.

So with regards to the polls, put my square peg into whatever round hole you want.  As usual I'm hard to classify/quantify

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Posted 20 August 2016 - 12:12 AM #34 What area do you live in? (POLL)

Well, Phoenix isn't really that close to the Colorado Plateau, but Arizona is one of the states that makes up the four corners, so I'm gonna go with that one?

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Posted 20 August 2016 - 08:07 PM #35 What area do you live in? (POLL)

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