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    Preperations for World of Warcraft Gold Survey 2013

    Every year for the past two years Iíve run a survey aimed at finding out what exactly an average WoW player is, and how much gold they have in their pockets. The first year I ran it, it was a huge hit, and the following year improved upon the first. This year is going to be the third annual survey, and I hope to again bring the survey to new heights.

    To that end, Iíve started planning ahead of time, and am writing this post to bounce some ideas off my readers before it came time to run the survey this year. This year I plan to run the survey Monday, October 28th, through Sunday, November 10th, so I have a little over a month to prepare.

    For reference, here are the reports from the last two years:

    A few months ago I already changed the name to The World of Warcraft Gold Survey (away from The World of Warcraft Wealth Survey) to better reflect the surveyís purpose.

    Iíve also changed the community question to ask about the following:
    • Do you visit The Consortium?
    • Do you visit MMO-Champion?
    • Do you read Gold Capped at WoW Insider?
    • Do you use /r/WoWGoldMaking?
    • Do you use /r/WoWEconomy?
    • Do you read gold blogs?

    But Iím thinking about changing the question to ask about the following:
    • Do you use forums?
    • Do you use news sites?
    • Do you use Reddit?
    • Do you read gold blogs?
    • Do you use paid guides?
    • Do you use Twitter?
    • Do you use Google+?

    These questions would cover more bases and avoid asking about specific sites etc.

    Iím also going to be asking about what region the player is in (NA, EU, China, Korea) to gain some information about players in each region.

    On a related note, Iíd love to be able to offer the survey in additional languages to reach more players, but since I only speak English, thatís a bit problematic. So if anyone would like to volunteer to translate the survey, drop me a line. Any volunteers would get credit for their work in the final report.

    Finally, the content of the reports have gotten to such a point that Iím thinking about publishing the final report as a pdf file instead of a blog post. Or maybe both. A pdf document would be much easier to format, and look much better (plus blog posts arenít really ideal for such a large information dump, and I had trouble fitting the graphs and tables in the width of my blog last year).

    So let me know what you think, sound off with any ideas for improvements I can make in this yearís survey. Also, let me know if you have a site or blog that you can advertise the survey on when itís published in late October.

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    I got a lot of interesting responses in trade chat when I was advertising this last year. In a way I like the idea of generalizing the community sources as I did feel a little like I was letting the cat out of the bag by barking to the general pop in trade and risking the anti-gold community using the information against us. But, at the same time, it would be nice to get more members around here.

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    Hi, I did the survey last year but can't remember the specifics of questions I guess there was a fundamental question related to in-game gold, and was wondering if this would be based on a single server or multiple servers. I ask only due to being (like many others in here) a 'gold cap' goblin on multiple servers, and thought it might be an interesting question to indicate how many servers people are active on, and possibly have reached a particular wealth level on. Alternatively, this may make things too complicated for analysis.? Just throwing an idea in.
    Either way, good work on running the survey again, I'll be sure to take part, and will be interested in the results.
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    Right on.

    Not sure about changing the questions though - I think it's interesting to see how/where changes are occurring and how effective resources become over time, as compared to previous years.

    Responses to the question "do you use Reddit?" can be ambiguous - lots of users visit Reddit but I bet most haven't heard of /r/goldmaking etc.

    I really enjoy these so let me know when it goes public, I'll make sure to front-page your thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sterling View Post
    Right on.

    Not sure about changing the questions though - I think it's interesting to see how/where changes are occurring and how effective resources become over time, as compared to previous years.
    Yeah, I'm reluctant to change much about it because it basically makes the past two years useless for the questions I change. Plus, why change what isn't broken right? I just wish I had put a bit more thought into this when I ran the first one in 2011, or I had had more experience haha

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    Responses to the question "do you use Reddit?" can be ambiguous - lots of users visit Reddit but I bet most haven't heard of /r/goldmaking etc.
    True, and I've been careful to limit the questions to the big names, ones that are less likely to drop off the face of the earth.

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    I really enjoy these so let me know when it goes public, I'll make sure to front-page your thread.
    Ty kindly :3

 

 

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