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Put up or shut up: Take the CCP Research survey

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Herzog Wolfhammer
Sigma Special Tactics Group
#1 - 2012-06-28 08:26:14 UTC  |  Edited by: Herzog Wolfhammer
So I check my email today and it appeared that the CCP Research Team is taking a survey.

It's the kind of survey that asks a lot of non-game related questions, like how many girlfriends you had at one time....


OK just kidding. It's almost like the kind of survey that financial statistics companies will give, with questions about MMOs, DUST, and games thrown in.

Long long ago, I worked for a company that did such financial surveys where they would ask what kind of mortgage you had, where you did your banking, IRA or Annuity, etc. One thing that was remarkable was the computer program I had to maintain that would complete the survey if the subject didn't finish. The CCP survey is not very short. But I figure anyone here who is regularly equipped with a Wall of Text Launcher II can handle it.

Right?

But if you don't, it's possible for a computer program to determine what your answers would have been in case you finished it.

Whether or not that's the case for this survey, I don't know. But if you pass out drunk in the middle of it or get ganked and ragequit while taking it, a lot can be done with the information they get.

Now, with all of the complaining about this and that around here, show some anatomy and take that survey. I have dealt with a lot of companies in my lifetime, and the company behind this game is a little more receptive to the customers. Must be a viking thing, and good so long nobody gets an axe in the face.

Unfortunately, there was no question like "if DUST was on PC would you buy it?" But hey we can dream.

If you can't handle multiple choice questions, then let me know so I can look down on you with my sense of moral superiority.

Bring back DEEEEP Space!

Patient 2428190
DEGRREE'Fo'FREE Internet Business School
#2 - 2012-06-28 08:43:55 UTC
This guy got scammed into thinking CCP cares about the surveys.

Lets all laugh and point.
Xhaiden Ora
Doomheim
#3 - 2012-06-28 08:50:35 UTC
There should have been a another survey to decide what questions to have on the survey. -.-



Patient 2428190 wrote:
This guy got scammed into thinking CCP cares about the surveys.


Occam's Razor

Which is the more likely scenario:

CCP wasted money and resources issuing a survey they don't care about to gauge the reception they don't care about for their new expansion and find out what direction they don't care about that their player base they don't care about thinks they should take.

or

You opened your mouth and stupid fell out before you could stop it.
Vera Algaert
Republic University
Minmatar Republic
#4 - 2012-06-28 08:54:26 UTC  |  Edited by: Vera Algaert
Surveys are a great tool to "improve" business decisions that you already are mentally committed to with some "objective" justifications.

The resulting peace of mind and the ability to shut up other stakeholders by presenting ~numbers~ is extremely valuable as the rates which big consulting firms get away with demonstrate.

.

Alain Kinsella
#5 - 2012-06-28 09:27:06 UTC
Unfortunately I no longer get the survey emails. Apparently they only send to first account, I've since moved this character off of that since you cannot rename them. :p

Anyway, the link was mentioned in another thread so I took it.

"The Meta Game does not stop at the game. Ever."

Currently Retired / Semi-Casual (pending changes to RL concerns).

Virgil Travis
Non Constructive Self Management
#6 - 2012-06-28 10:33:01 UTC
Alain Kinsella wrote:
Unfortunately I no longer get the survey emails. Apparently they only send to first account, I've since moved this character off of that since you cannot rename them. :p

Anyway, the link was mentioned in another thread so I took it.


I just found that post and took the survey, since I don't seem to get those emails either.

http://eveonlinesurvey2012.questionpro.com/

Unified Church of the Unobligated - madness in the method Mamma didn't raise no victims.

Dave stark
#7 - 2012-06-28 10:34:12 UTC
clicked survey, filled in about 40%, decided paint drying was more fun.
Estel Again
Doomheim
#8 - 2012-06-28 10:39:13 UTC
tl;df
Mr Kidd
Center for Advanced Studies
Gallente Federation
#9 - 2012-06-28 11:00:13 UTC
The last survey CCP put out about this resulted in the NeX being released a few months later along with Incarna to the detriment of the game. I would advise my good New Edenians to ignore the survey and allow CCP to measure their performance by their subscription base and not some future feature "we all want".

Besides, I don't know about you, but when a game company is interested in your financials, I don't think they're planning features to enhance gameplay, rather, deflate your pocketbook. Just saying......

Don't ban me, bro!

lordopic
Lava Factory
#10 - 2012-06-28 11:01:46 UTC
Dave stark wrote:
clicked survey, filled in about 40%, decided paint drying was more fun.


I got about 40% in and it reset back to the beginning, needless to say I didn't continue.
Lin-Young Borovskova
Doomheim
#11 - 2012-06-28 11:02:59 UTC
*Pointing OP and having a good laugh*

brb

Masamune Dekoro
School of Applied Knowledge
Caldari State
#12 - 2012-06-28 11:04:24 UTC
It was a worthwhile distraction from work
Mr Kidd
Center for Advanced Studies
Gallente Federation
#13 - 2012-06-28 11:05:30 UTC  |  Edited by: Mr Kidd
It's best to keep a company that is providing a product you enjoy completely in the dark when it concerns out of game information about you. It's the same philosophy that same company utilizes when they plan things like P2W as seen in the leaked Greed is Good.

Such a practice serves to keep that company docile and pliant.

Don't ban me, bro!

Patient 2428190
DEGRREE'Fo'FREE Internet Business School
#14 - 2012-06-30 05:19:28 UTC
Xhaiden Ora wrote:
There should have been a another survey to decide what questions to have on the survey. -.-



Patient 2428190 wrote:
This guy got scammed into thinking CCP cares about the surveys.


Occam's Razor

Which is the more likely scenario:

CCP wasted money and resources issuing a survey they don't care about to gauge the reception they don't care about for their new expansion and find out what direction they don't care about that their player base they don't care about thinks they should take.

or

You opened your mouth and stupid fell out before you could stop it.


Watch what the players do, and not what they say

You do know that guy is still in charge and they did surveys then that were nearly exactly the same as the ones they have been doing. By the same provider, asking several of the same questions. For years now. They may spend money for the people who host it, but they certainly don't invest in time in the surveys, either in writing the questions or reading them.

Look up the Placebo Effect.
Ariane VoxDei
#15 - 2012-06-30 07:44:51 UTC
Patient 2428190 wrote:

Watch what the players do, and not what they say

You do know that guy is still in charge and they did surveys then that were nearly exactly the same as the ones they have been doing. By the same provider, asking several of the same questions. For years now. They may spend money for the people who host it, but they certainly don't invest in time in the surveys, either in writing the questions or reading them.

Look up the Placebo Effect.

Pretty much. This kind of thing 'works on multiple levels'.
* Placebo, which has a wide range of effects all of which are just in the mind of the one taking it (the survey in this case).
* Lightning rod: rage wasted there is less likely to be seen in a public place like the forum
* Result fishing, which applies when those in charge, or middlemen, are corrupt enough to discard stuff they dont want to hear and only report praise and confirmation. (report/read that xxx like it, but hide/ignore that yyyyy dislike like it). Then trot out the butchered result to the "dissident masses" to "prove" that the devs were right all along. Aka "have conclusion, looking for backing'.
* 'doing something' without doing something.

This far in with the 'new inv', and with years of EVE, I am not even comtemplating if they are honestly looking for real feedback or not. It reeks of desperately seeking sentiments that tell them that they are not wrong and that what they did was actually loved and great.

Could be induced from the shock of experiencing cognitive dissonance, when vocal vets turned up and gave the thumbs down - with solid arguments one might add. Just so very tiresome that their phases are taking so long.
Seems they are still stuck in denial and have yet to move to acceptance...
Mara Rinn
Cosmic Goo Convertor
#16 - 2012-06-30 07:54:01 UTC
Was there a zero missing from the USD salary amounts in the last question?