In one of our recent milk & cookie sessions, your modARRator extraordinaire Lord Durham and I were discussing the possibility of conducting some surveys in the AAR forum to determine some demographics and look at some of your preferences and viewing habits. Seeing as this was deep into the umpteenth pitcher of…err…milk…yeah…milk ...it seemed like a good idea. Somehow I even managed to volunteer myself to conduct it and analyse the results.
What you’ll soon be seeing is a series of polls (initiated by LD) and other “Surveys” (could be from either one of us) designed to gather the information needed to do this. Any and all help you can provide us will, we hope, be of benefit to all of you in the long run, so it goes without saying that your participation is both encouraged and appreciated. It might even be of some benefit to the folks at Paradox.
In some cases I’ll even include special instructions and/or a little “here’s why we’re doing this survey if it isn’t self-evident” blurb so you know what’s being looked at. Please pay attention to the special instructions since I’ll be relying on you not to fudge my results, and we wouldn’t want that to happen, now, would we? In a worst-case scenario where you accidentally “break the rules”, please let me know by PM or e-mail so I can adjust my data accordingly. Let’s not make it a habit though.
After each of the surveys and polls is complete, I’ll post the tabulated results for all to read in a thread titled “Results from Survey #X” that reminds you what the survey or poll was about and LD will probably link the more useful ones from the AARtiFAQs sticky. In some cases there will be multi-part or interdependent surveys so you may not see the results instantaneously.
A quick note to “lurkers” (un-registered forum users): Guess what? Some of the surveys will even involve you since you’re important to the board as well! Neat, eh.
If you, as a viewer or an author (or both), would like to suggest additional surveys or polls, you can post your suggestions in this thread, PM me (let’s not flood LD’s inbox) or for longer ones you can also e-mail me . All suggestions will be taken into consideration but I don’t want to inundate you with too many surveys or you’ll get tired of them and it will defeat the purpose; so if your suggestion doesn’t get used, it’s nothing personal. You can also post comments about any of the surveys here too…I’ll check it frequently.
I hope this meets with your respective approval, and garners your ongoing support.
Thank you, in advance, for your help in making this a successful (if somewhat daunting) project.
(Note: first surveys will probably go up tomorrow, and the first poll will likely be along on the weekend or early next week.)
(Another note: before you ask, the answer is “yes”, I do know how to handle/analyse statistical data “properly” but I’ll be presenting the results in a simplified format that actually makes sense to someone who is less familiar with the jargon. Because of the way this is being conducted it’ll be far from definitive, but it should provide some reasonably suggestive/accurate data for your future consumption.)
(Final note: I'd better lay in a good stock of milk for this project!)