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Demonic H. Hooves
by on September 22, 2019
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I would like to start this off by thanking the fucking 55 people who took part in this survey! It means a lot that you took the time to help everyone learn! Next, I would like to say if you haven't already, grab a soda this is going to be a LONG post with lots of numbers.
The first thing I'm going to talk about is "why I did this" and "how I went about finding people", to add some context and interpret the numbers better. Now, the main reason I did this was I keep hearing people "NO ONE RP'S HERE!" and it pissed me off to the point where I wanted to set out to mathematically PROVE they are wrong. I was in a prime spot to do this for my bro is going to school to be a programmer ((no it's not comp)) made a program to processes the data, and my friend who is studying "data science" helped me look over the data. . . want this to stand as a testament to the fact that a VAST majority of people are here for RP, and not shitposting.
When looking for people to take the survey, I allowed ANYONE to message me about it to take it, regardless if I knew who they were or used the site. when it came to the people I sent messages to, it was; anyone that booped me, anyone that posted on the main feed in the past day or so, the people I knew and talked to, anyone on the "online now" tab. I actively avoided anyone that I thought was a dead account or wouldn't talk to me ((do to past personal events)), now I don't believe this has an impact on the numbers, but it's worth bringing up.
NOW! LET'S DO SOME NUMBERS!
1. In the past week have you used CA to RP/find rps?
The point of this was to find out if people were using the site as a social one, or an RP/both. combined with number two it paints of a photo of what people are doing on the site
A rather shocking 20/55 ((or roughly 36%)) did NOT use the site to find RP's. However, only 5 people flat out said they do not RP in any way. I was rather shocked at how high the number of people who don't RP on the site was. However, 64% means it's the MAIN thing that is going on still.
2. How much time per day do you spend rping?
For the most part, everyone gave a slightly different answer, and many didn't give a number and just vague answers like "not a lot". I feel like this is my fault for I should have added (in hours) or something to it. However, what we did learn is that most people will RP roughly one-five hours a day. More so, most people are one both sides of the "extremes" as it were, with many people only rping an hour, with many more rping nearing the 4-5 hour mark. only five people said they rp for more than 6 hours a day and only twp people saying they spend less than an hour a day. However, one thing I did notice, is that out of the 15 people that do not rp on the site((but still rp)), 10 said it was due to life being busy and they just don't have time right now. only five don't for "personal" reasons
3. How often do you find new people to rp with?
This one made me sad, for the best way I can I express the numbers is. . . . three people said they find someone new at least ONCE A MONTH. . . Now, it is true that many people did not give me numbers, and would rather say things like "not often" (said 7 times) and "Rarely" (said six times). I think this is the most important data point, for it shows that the issue isn't that people aren't rping, the issue is that people have a hard time finding NEW people to RP with! ((but. . . see blelow for the rest))
4. what would you say is the biggest barrier to finding new rps?
Now, this was was HARD to look through and deal with. . . but 11 said something to the effect of "a lack of skilled rpers" and eight said, "people require to much skill". then we have five people who quoted "anxiety" as the biggest issue. and four people said something to the effect of "OC differences". I feel bad about this one, for I don't know what to say about this. for this shows that it's not so much about. . . a lack of exposure to new rpers. . .The issue is finding the RIGHT rper. site bugs only came up once
5. What could be done on CA to find RPs better? Or make rping on the site better?
Now, this one shocked me a bit. . . eight people said "I have no idea" and seven people said "RP encouragement". five people said "fix the bugs" four people saying the site was perfect! and only three people said "ending shitposting," I think the "I dunno" people are closer to saying the site is fine, for you would know if you don't like something about the site.
Now, the tl;dr is "64% of the site rp's, but they have a hard time finding people at there skill level or have the time"
to be honest, I'm a tad scared of my findings. For the data suggest the best thing to do is make it easier to for people to find people at there skill level, but I feel like that's bad in the long run, for how are "less skilled" rpers going to get better if they rp with other unskilled people? I also think that will create more a dived between the skilled and unskilled
but what do you think of this? what do you think can be done. post below
Chiller Sway
I still advocate for the "Open for RP" feature to be worked on. And advertised in the "Apply for Staff" button's place once it's gone. Make it so that even if you have your RP status set to "Open" you won't show up in the listing if you haven't logged in the past week. When I first joined and I was...View More
Princess Corona Lionheart the IV
A feature like that would be pretty nice. I do have the ability to make new buttons if we did something like that. That's something I might bring up with Comp later. Good suggestion
Chiller Sway
The "Open for RP" has been the item under "Rules" (on the side drawer) ever since I joined nearly a year ago. Whoever first put it there knew what they were doing.
Princess Corona Lionheart the IV
Well the Open for RP thing was an idea we had a while back, but I meant expanding it
Demonic H. Hooves
one person brought up the idea that "looking for rp" should only have people that have loged on in the past few days. . . might be a good idea
Chiller Sway
Hehe, that person was me :P
Twisty Fate Hoarder of Donuts
I think the skill divide isn't necessarily going to change. I give almost everyone who wants to RP a shot, and I will give my best to RP with them. But normally if after 20 or so replies of me giving them say a paragraph, and they are still giving me barely a sentence with no apparent interest in im...View More
Princess Corona Lionheart the IV
What you are saying makes sense. lots
Comp
To be fair, I'm probably in the boat of people that simply prefer causal RPs. I guess half the site is off limits to me.
Prince Artemis
I'm kinda curious on how many people from a new Rp stand point are effected by intimidation. It could blend kinda in with anxiety, though I can't really make a claim like that. However, I feel that sometimes people could have a desire to reach out for an Rp, but they feel as though they wouldn't be ...View More
Princess Unikitty
I fall into the anxiety camp myself if that helps. Both with starting new RP's (90% of my RP's I reach out to start end after the second message when I ask 'are there any genres you prefer' and get no response), or joining in other RP's (People will have long time, open RP's going on the wall that I...View More
Prince Artemis
Oof, I feel the second explanation. Not so much on the 'Someone on the clique doesn't like me', but more so on not wanting to ruin something that is going. It's rare for me to but into an ongoing Rp, even if it was okay. Mainly because I know that there is a story going on or something being told. A...View More
Princess Unikitty
The clique thing might be more specific to me because of my specific baggage. I don't think it's uncommon, but it probably doesn't apply to everyone in this category.
Commander Wyatt Ryder
I've always wanted to DM RP with you tbh, but was nervous :eyes: and I regret not taking the chance while you were open
Comp
I might as well let you guys know that our sister site, MLP Forums is working on a huge RP overhaul. If you're interested in a community of only serious roleplayers, check it out.
Commander Wyatt Ryder
To me, the skill level is mainly the fact if you're going on an RP site, have a good fucking grasp of grammar. Of course people need to grow, but for me I'm usually too blunt so I try to just avoid the people who, for my tastes, are lacking. I've gotten stuck in an RP like that before and it honestl...View More
Ephemlemia Spring
i feel called out, a lack of skilled roleplayers >:c
Silver Shield
Are you calling yourself not skilled? D:
Strawberry Cream
don't let her trick you, she's very good. >:C
Commander Wyatt Ryder
I want to RP with you Ephee, but I don't know what we'd RP or if you'd even want to, but I see you on the site and I enjoy your responses!
Ephemlemia Spring
shhh, there's no tricks my stuff is just flowery >~> also I'm not very picky, more LAZY
Tinkora
I WAS THE ONE WHO SAID LACK OF SKILLED ROLEPLAYERS IT WAS MEE AHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH
Minty~
I hope something is done because i have lately been spending a lot of time on here and the thing is yes. i do try and roleplay, but besides the roleplay i try and make friends. and within that. not a lot happens, yes CA is active but i just dont think people see much of other people's posts unless t...View More
Silver Shield
Uhh where did my comment go?
Demonic H. Hooves
I want this to stick around and be fun for people to read for some time. . . . . so If i wanted bullshit i would add it. if you want to remake it that's cool
Silver Shield
That's fine, I don't mind that reasoning. It did take me a while to type though :C
Demonic H. Hooves
I am sory yo, i just don't want the drama crap here
Commander Wyatt Ryder
Sorry man, was more just trying to explain my own reasoning behind why I feel/RP the way I do, not start drama >.<
Maxh Vezpyre
Turn the site in a mini game, RP and activity and donations will flow.
Princess Unikitty
Pony.Town partnership :p
Comp
They said no
Chiller Sway
Bruh can you imagine
Demonic H. Hooves
Man, that would of been legit.....
Princess Corona Lionheart the IV
Lmao Comp speaking on our behalf when we never said anythi g
Maxh Vezpyre
In fact, here, I'll fix the site There you go, easy.
Chiller Sway
XD