Hatchling Cockatrice Phthonic Duck Posted July 24, 2017 Share Posted July 24, 2017 The Grand Spiderweb Poll Results PART ONE: DEMOGRAPHICS & MISC. RESULTS Thanks to everyone who took part in the poll! There were 59 responses submitted. The responses included many long-time members, some newer members and some posters who just happened to drop in. I expect this group is typical of the sort of people who are here over any one week period. Results and analysis begin here, but will be continued in a number of other threads. This thread presents only the base results, with no correlations made to unrelated questions, and only for the demographics and misc. parts of the poll. Two things you should keep in mind: 1) CORRELATION IS NOT CAUSATION. This thread only contains a few correlated questions, but please keep in mind that the results are solely correlative. 2) SAMPLE SIZE IS SMALL. It's probably not a good idea to generalize these results too much, especially beyond the forum community. I made the graphs smaller this time, but if any are squished on your screen, you can right-click to open the image in its own tab. OK, let's begin! Similar to 2012, but with a few less people who still claim to have their sanity. The average respondent has been here more than 10 years! In 2012, the average respondent was here for a little over 6 years. The big increase makes sense considering that 47/59 survey takers were already here 5 years ago. The two more recent satellite communities were well-represented. This is particularly impressive for Shadow Vale, considering that it's now been closed for six years! We did not ask this in 2012. We did not ask this in 2012 either. Each bar is one member. This graph makes it apparent what a high portion of their lives many users have spent connected to the forums. The bigger take-away, though, is how old we are now. The average member is now almost 32 and was 21 when they joined. In 2012, the average member was 26 and was 20 when they joined. Also, in 2012, we still had a decent number of teenagers around: not so much anymore. This is to be contrasted with the early days of the forums, when there were maybe even a majority of very young members. My guess is this is a reflection of bigger societal changes. But this raises the possibility that Spiderweb games are attracting a different demographic than they used to. Of course, it may just be that we've all gotten older and more boring and less likely to attract young people ourselves New to this year's survey. The "Nonbinary" column's full name (which wouldn't fit) is: Nonbinary, Female and Nonbinary, None but Male Presenting This question did not exist in a serviceable format in 2012. There were just a handful of people who didn't identify as male on that survey. Now this question gets interesting. I consulted with some other users on how to best phrase this question and its answers, and they suggested I take out the third answer. I left it in because I really didn't want anyone to feel like there was not an adequate description for them. Based on the answer tuples, however, I hypothesize that that answer ("I prefer neither") ended up being used for a very different purpose than what I expected. It was chosen almost entirely by members who identify as male and as straight (and who are regular or semiregular posters). While it's possible that SW has a bunch of trans men who aren't open about their status and don't like the term "trans", that seems unlikely. My guess is it was used mostly by people who are accurately described as cis, but who are not used to labelling themselves. (See Markedness.) Unfortunately, this means we don't have any solid numbers when it comes to trans survey responses. However, I bet there are still going to be some pretty interesting correlations with the "I prefer neither" category! The "None Given" column's full name (which wouldn't fit) is: None Given, None, Asexual, or Not Sure Yet These numbers are pretty similar to 2012. These are a bit higher. The "Yes" category includes anyone who: * chose any non-binary gender, or * chose Trans, or * chose any non-Straight orientation Slightly more of us have moved on from the single life. I guess that comes with age. Compared to 2012, there are about 10 more people in urban locations and about 10 fewer people in rural locations. This is probably just explained by the new age demographics. Atheism and non-denominational theism are slightly more popular than in 2012, while the explicitly religious options are less popular, particularly the "extremely serious" option. These have all progressed slightly, as you'd expect from the age shift. A dramatic shift here: about 15 fewer students and about 15 more full-time employed people. That alone might account for the lower activity level on the boards. This graph presents family wealth, and current wealth, with the size of each circle indicating how many members reported that particular combination. Yellow circles are people who have maintained a similar wealth level (or who are receiving financial support from their family). Green circles are people who have climbed the wealth ladder, and orange circles are those of us who have fallen down at least one rung. The five categories, left to right and top to bottom, were: Poor, Working Class, Lower Middle Class, Upper Middle Class, Very Wealthy. The average respondent is and was Lower Middle Class, as they reported things, which is a bit less wealthy than was the case in 2012. A new question this year. Also a new question. The answers might have been very different 5 years ago, to say nothing of 10 or 15. All right, here's the dreaded political views question! If you don't like the labels, ignore them. As was the case five years ago, the results themselves aren't very interesting, but they may still be able to suggest some slight tendencies when correlated with other questions. The results are fairly similar to 2012. There has been a slight leftward shift on social views (more Libertarian answers and fewer Conservative) Also pretty similar to 2012. A new question. Also a new question. A third new transportation question. Really looking forward to correlations here. I didn't make a graph for the arrest history question because only 7 of us have been arrested. (It did not correlate with gun use, either :P) In 2012, this question was "pick one" instead of pick as many as you like, so all of these numbers are much higher. The average user picked 3 genres this time. Classical, electronic, and jazz benefited from this change the most. About the same as 2012. Also remarkably similar. New question. They were all fairly close for the first couple of days, but water really shot up in the last 20 or so responses. Clear favourite here. In retrospect, maybe this shouldn't have surprised me. It still did. A landslide for cats. This even bigger landslide definitely didn't surprise me. Okay, here's a bunch of new questions with perhaps predictable answers: There were no vegans. Is happiness a warm gun? Find out, when the correlations come out to play! No wonder "What are you reading?" is our longest-running active thread. Pretty evenly distributed. Yup. Excuuuuuuse me, EverQuest. I'm out of witty comments. I mean, OK, that may have happened a while ago... No one chose 1972 - 1984. Whew! Okay, that's all the questions outside of the ones about Spiderweb games. Those will probably go up tomorrow, to be followed later by correlations. Woo. Triumph, Bearfax, keira and 1 other 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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