Why do you comment on Savage Minds. Or why don’t you comment on Savage Minds? Are the comments good? Do they suck? Do you even care? Can internet comments save the future of the human species? These were some of the questions we tried to answer with our reader survey earlier this year. Ok, well, we didn’t actually ask that last one about saving the human species–that was just to see if you’re still paying attention and not frittering away on Twitter while “reading” Savage Minds. I know you’re out there! Anyway, here are some of the answers to this riveting survey. Bonus: Star Wars reference if you reach the end. How can you resist reading this post now? Answer: Don’t even try.
About twelve percent of you never read the comments, period. The majority, about 73 percent, said they read our comments “sometimes.” About fifteen percent said they always read them.
But when it comes to posting comments, about 95 percent of people said they never or very rarely leave comments. Nearly five percent said they comment occasionally. Only 0.2% (one person out of 430 responses) said they comment regularly.
Less than one percent of you regularly posts comments! What’s up with that? Continue reading
Earlier this year we conducted the Savage Minds Reader Survey. Kerim described some of the demographic results in this post. Here I’ll provide a very brief recap. The majority of the responses came from readers in North America (62.8%) and Western Europe (16.7%). In terms of gender, 57% chose “female,” 43% chose “male” and two chose “other.” About 70% of the responses came from people in their 20s and 30s. Seventy six percent have either a PhD or a Master’s degree. Finally, to add one demographic detail to Kerim’s summary, when asked about their ethnicity, about 81% of the respondents chose “white” (244 out of 302 respondents).* For the rest of this post I’ll be talking about education, work (employment), and debt. Continue reading
First of all, a big “Thank you!” to everyone who responded to the Savage Minds Reader Survey. Over the one month the survey was up Google tells us that we had 31,003 people visit the site1, but of those only 6,255 were returning visitors. It is that second number we want to target, since we aren’t really interested in the people who randomly end up on the site because they are Googling “jewish glam rock” or “origin sexy librarian” (although we’re happy if they become regular readers after ending up here). The fact that 430 people responded to the survey means we got about 7% of the regular readers during that period, which is fantastic. Of those almost half left their email to be entered in our prize drawing. The lucky winners have already been selected and (hopefully) notified of their prizes.
If you’d like to look at the survey results directly, take a look here. In this post I’m going to summarize some of the demographic data and information on how people use the site. At least one or two more posts will come later on with more information on the qualitative answers, and the data on employment and student debt, etc. Continue reading
We would like to get to know you a little better. Please take 5 min to tell a little about yourself and what you like (or don’t like) about this site. To encourage everyone to participate, we are also offering a number of prizes by Savage Minds authors: Continue reading
This survey is part of the Anthropologies (#20) issue about student debt, here on Savage Minds.
As of about 7:30 PST on 1/20/14, the anthropologies/Savage Minds student debt survey has 191 responses. Thanks everyone for taking part in that first survey! The point of the survey was to get a general understand about debt as it relates to the broad community of people who identity themselves with anthropology. This includes people in the US, of course, but also beyond it. But one of the flaws in the survey is this openness. As readers here on SM and Facebook pointed out, I should have included a question about the country in which people studied anthropology to help parse out the numbers. Thanks for the input. That was a pretty big omission on my part! So, in an attempt to answer this question, I have written up a very short follow up survey that attempts to get a better understanding of debt by country/institution. Please note that you will be able to see everyone’s answers to the survey once you hit the “submit” button at the bottom of the page. Once I close both surveys I will compile everything and share the results here on Savage Minds.
Please click here to take the second survey.
Thank you for taking the time to take this follow up survey. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please email me anytime: firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE 1/20/14 at 4:41 pm PST: We already have 47 responses for this survey! Thanks everyone. ONE IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have no student loan or credit card debt, please enter a ZERO instead of leaving answers blank!! Thanks!!