TheForumGameMaster's Thrive Community Forums Census (work in progress)

DISCLAIMER: To better the authenticity of poll results, I have enabled the ability of a poll to show the username of any voter. If you would not like to reveal personal data that answering the said question may reveal, please do not respond to the question and please tell me which question you did not answer and why. When enough people do not respond to a question, I will investigate the question. When enough people overall report, I may produce an alternative and anonymized poll. I am also considering whether a Google Form would work better by possibly reducing the bandwagon effect.

  1. Have you played Thrive before? “Playing” is defined as having started a game and having made at least one player input and ends when no input is made for at least 10 minutes.
  • Yes
  • No
0 voters
  1. Which of these options most closely describes how often you currently play Thrive, going by the above definition of “play”?
  • Daily+
  • Daily
  • 3-6 times weekly
  • 1-2 times weekly
  • Biweekly
  • Monthly
  • Quarterly (of a year)
  • Annually
  • Annually-
  • Never
0 voters
  1. What is your biological sex?
  • Male
  • Female
0 voters
  1. What of these options fit your age?
  • 0-5
  • 6-9
  • 10-12
  • 13-15
  • 16-17
  • 18-23
  • 24-26
  • 27-29
  • 30-34
  • 35+
0 voters
  1. How long have you known Thrive as a project for?
  • 10+ years
  • 6-9 years
  • 4-5 years
  • 1-3 years
  • 6 months - Just under a year
  • < 6 months
0 voters

Which of the following languages (with “Other” being a group of languages) do you have at least basic fluency in?

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Mandarin
  • Hindi
  • Arabic
  • Russian
  • Japanese
  • German
  • Other
0 voters
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This seems like really bad idea…
No polls of this type publicly display the votes of who picked what.

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Just looked at the results in a tab, signed out. I could see the usernames of who picked what.

I meant that this poll should not display who picked what. This associates a bunch of personal information to their username, which someone with malicious interest can use to build a fuller target profile.

That’s why in my experience none of these types of questionnaires ever publicly say who picked what options in the poll.

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Do you think a Google Form would work better?

It would work infinitely better as it wouldn’t be a privacy threat to anyone answering the questions.

Edit: also I would need to ban anyone from the forums who answered that they were under 13. So I closed the most personal information asking polls.

Assuming I do not require emails (which I am currently planning to do), how would I ensure that the same person does not respond twice or impersonate another person, assuming there is also no collaboration?

Why is that necessary? Absolutely huge surveys don’t do that kind of invasive tracking. I highly doubt that anyone would want to mess with the Thrive survey results. One way that scientific studies do this is that they pick a sample of the target population and assign each a unique survey answerer number they input. As long as care is taken to remove info on who is which survey participant number, that’s totally anonymous. Though I can’t recommend that as I doubt that most Thrive forums users would be into being invited to participate in a survey.

Anyways, can I include the more personal questions? Note that all questions in the form will be optional.

I’ll say I’m against non-anonymous personal questions, because at that point if that is allowed someone could make a similar poll with malicious intent to harvest personal information. And we’d have this previous precedent for them to be allowed to do that. I believe you don’t have malicious intent but someone could do the exact same thing, or someone could harvest the public vote information and add it to their questionable use information database.

I think the more personal information you want the more anonymous the survey has to be or else yeah data harvesting is comically easy. Imo you can’t get that level of anonymity in the thrive forum, there aren’t enough people to blend into the crowd, so it cant be anonymous at all.

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The thing is that nobody has to answer those questions, and I’ll be sure to make it clear that all questions are optional.

You’re gonna get extreme self selection. So much selection bias it makes me wonder why the questions are necessary, like what do you really need to know? You can also always make a thread like “tell me about your hometown thread” or “bragging about our mother’s maiden names” thread if you want, I mean no one will do it, but it also won’t make any precedent aside from “you’re allowed to make a stupid thread.” Might be annoying for moderators though. Maybe don’t.

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