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Posted 28 December 2013 - 09:33 PM

OK so I've had a chance to review the results and they're definitely interesting and may even be relevant to other active discussions.

We had just over 350 responses which was great and provided an insight for us who was actually engaged with the site at the time the survey was open.

I'm going to post just Section 1 today with other sections being posted over the next week or so. I know some of the text is hard to read - my apologies for that, I haven't managed to find a way to download the displayed results yet. It's something I'm working on.

Question 1 - How long have you been a member of Basschat for?

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Clearly there are a lot of member who have been part of the community for a long time!


Question 2 - Whch age range do you fit within?

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In some ways, this was a bit of a surprise - a very strong peak in the 45-54 range and a slightly lower but still significant peak in the 35-44 year range. This is consistent with the age distribution of who generally shows up to Bassbashes. BUT I was wondering where all the younger, just starting out players were though. They seem to be under represented considering so much of what volume musical instrument manufacturers produce is aimed at beginners.


Question 3 - Which of the following best describes your level of playing confidence?

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No real surprises here - a nice standard bell curve. But again, beginners might possibly be under-represented.


Question 4 -How did you find out about Basschat?

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Twelve percent of you are the geniuses that legends are made of. Otherwise, no surprises here.

Other methods?

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No comment. :)

Question 5 - Silly question: Do you approve of silliness on the forum?

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And...if so, why not?
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Some fairly serious replies. :)

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Posted 29 December 2013 - 12:57 PM

Interesting, thanks Steve. You've put a lot of effort into this, it's appreciated.

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Posted 29 December 2013 - 01:12 PM

View PostKiwi, on 28 December 2013 - 09:33 PM, said:

Question 2 - Whch age range do you fit within?

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In some ways, this was a bit of a surprise - a very strong peak in the 45-54 range and a slightly lower but still significant peak in the 35-44 year range. This is consistent with the age distribution of who generally shows up to Bassbashes. BUT I was wondering where all the younger, just starting out players were though. They seem to be under represented considering so much of what volume musical instrument manufacturers produce is aimed at beginners.

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Posted 29 December 2013 - 01:45 PM

View PostWoodinblack, on 29 December 2013 - 01:12 PM, said:



They are still playing guitar and have yet to discover the power of the light side of the force

What he says! Or they are simply using FB and Twitter etc.

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Posted 29 December 2013 - 02:06 PM

Good reading there. It seems there are more silly people than I remember, or multiple answererererers.....or geese.
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Posted 29 December 2013 - 04:27 PM

View PostKiwi, on 28 December 2013 - 09:33 PM, said:

OK so I've had a chance to review the results and they're definitely interesting and may even be relevant to other active discussions.

We had just over 350 responses which was great and provided an insight for us who was actually engaged with the site at the time the survey was open.

I was engaged with the site. I didn't see anything about the survey. Anyone who doesn't frequent Off Topic (or use Facebook or Twitter to find out about the contents of an internet forum, which seems rather counterintuitive) is unrepresented in the survey.
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Posted 29 December 2013 - 04:29 PM

I'm getting a 'you do not have permission to view' on each of the results :(


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Posted 29 December 2013 - 05:10 PM

View Postmolan, on 29 December 2013 - 04:29 PM, said:

I'm getting a 'you do not have permission to view' on each of the results :(
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Posted 29 December 2013 - 05:34 PM

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Question 2 - Whch age range do you fit within?
In some ways, this was a bit of a surprise - a very strong peak in the 45-54 range and a slightly lower but still significant peak in the 35-44 year range. This is consistent with the age distribution of who generally shows up to Bassbashes. BUT I was wondering where all the younger, just starting out players were though. They seem to be under represented considering so much of what volume musical instrument manufacturers produce is aimed at beginners.

Couple thoughts here:

* I did a similar though less rigorous analysis a few years ago which showed a similar middle-aged bulge. For the life of me , I can't remember how I did it but I think I may have based it on a thread in GD. Anyway, here it is:

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And here's the recent BC Survey:

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Surprisingly similar and suggests that this higher index of Old Bobs is something that's been around for a while.

* The other thought is that OT might be unrepresentatively older than the rest of the forum. I'd imagine that gear, GD and technique might have a younger profile.

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Posted 29 December 2013 - 07:09 PM

View Posttauzero, on 29 December 2013 - 04:27 PM, said:

Anyone who doesn't frequent Off Topic (or use Facebook or Twitter to find out about the contents of an internet forum, which seems rather counterintuitive) is unrepresented in the survey.

I rarely bother with Off Topic these days, don't use Facebook or follow Basschat on Twitter & I was one of the first people to respond, so your statement isn't entirely correct.
If somebody as thick as me managed to find the survey post without resorting to social media I'm sure there must have been others.

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Posted 29 December 2013 - 07:30 PM

Presumably there must have been a roughly average group of people who saw it (I saw it but only on here, not twitter or facebook) so it is probably reasonably representative
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Posted 29 December 2013 - 08:00 PM

View Postezbass, on 29 December 2013 - 05:10 PM, said:

It's a plot :D



Looks like it's another mobile device thing. I think the plot is to try and stop people using iPads and iPhones to access the site.

Youtube videos have been invisible to me for a long time & now I can't see these picture attachments :(
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Posted 29 December 2013 - 10:37 PM

View Postskankdelvar, on 29 December 2013 - 05:34 PM, said:

Couple thoughts here: * I did a similar though less rigorous analysis a few years ago which showed a similar middle-aged bulge. For the life of me , I can't remember how I did it but I think I may have based it on a thread in GD. Anyway, here it is: Posted Image And here's the recent BC Survey: Posted Image Surprisingly similar and suggests that this higher index of Old Bobs is something that's been around for a while. * The other thought is that OT might be unrepresentatively older than the rest of the forum. I'd imagine that gear, GD and technique might have a younger profile.

Alexa used to provide age details for the users of websites, and it tied in closely with both your's and the survey's results. TB had a much younger demographic if I remember correctly, so I'd imagine that's where many of the younger players are visiting if they're inclined to use a bass forum.

FWIW I didn't know about the survey either.

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Posted 30 December 2013 - 12:43 PM

I wonder if the middle-aged bulge is responsible for the regular episodes of curmudgeonliness* on the forum?

They do say you get more right-wing as you get older. The current mrs discreet is no spring chicken any more and disturbingly has started to read The Daily Mail online. More disturbingly, she thinks I don't know about it.

She has yet to invade Poland, however. We'll see.

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Posted 30 December 2013 - 01:15 PM

Maybe the lack of younger people is because parts of the site (like all the results published on this page) aren't visible on the mobile devices they use all the time?

Sorry to keep harping on but BC is the only site is use regularly that has so many issues when accessing via iPad :(
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Posted 30 December 2013 - 01:18 PM

What issues? i look on iPad, and when you click on 'full site' it seems to work ok. What am I missing?
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Posted 30 December 2013 - 01:19 PM

View Postskankdelvar, on 29 December 2013 - 05:34 PM, said:

I did a similar though less rigorous analysis a few years ago which showed a similar middle-aged bulge.

Funny, I've got one of those just behind my bass...
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Posted 30 December 2013 - 03:20 PM

View Postdiscreet, on 30 December 2013 - 12:43 PM, said:

I wonder if the middle-aged bulge is responsible for the regular episodes of curmudgeonliness* on the forum?

On a number of occasions I have suggested that this (and concomitant testosterone depletion) might be the case.

Far from stimulating heated debate I instead learned that Mr Billy Apple is still 'squirty' even though in his mid-seventies. Which - frankly - was no help at all.

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View Postxilddx, on 29 December 2013 - 12:57 PM, said:

Interesting, thanks Steve. You've put a lot of effort into this, it's appreciated.
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Posted 06 January 2014 - 01:28 PM

Some of the silliness answers made me laugh far too much at work.
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Posted 11 January 2014 - 03:12 PM

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 04:04 PM

I didn't find out about it 'til it had finished. Great work though.

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 03:22 PM

Are there any more results to come from the survey? One example was what can be done to improve the site. My suggestion was to have a bass related 'musical items for sale' for things like bass effects pedals, bridges, tuners, pickups etc and a non bass related part for guitars, rainsticks and everything else.

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 08:22 AM

I don't know about more results but I can answer about your improvement idea :)

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 08:35 AM

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I don't know about more results but I can answer about your improvement idea :)

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 08:36 AM

No problem mate, if you ever have any questions feel free to drop me a line :)

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