I’m purposely posting this in IMHO because this is a poll of sorts and I’d like to ask posters to refrain from posting in a manner that will get his moved to the Pit.
This was inspired by some comments in a recent thread.
I am going to assume that Starving Artist was employing hyperbole here and that he doesn’t really believe that there is no such thing as moderates and that there are 49 liberals here for every conservative. However, I am interested to know if we can resolve the issue of the leanings of this board.
I feel that trying to count the number of posters of each political leaning would not give us a good measure of the political sway of the board since there are so many registered members that do not post. I think a random sampling of recent posts would give us a clearer picture. To this end I went to every forum and recorded the name of the person who last posted to each thread excluding stickies. This is not a perfectly random sampling of recent posts, but I feel like this should be close enough.
This yielded 371 non-unique poster names. I decided to keep duplicates in the list because more prolific posters have a larger effect on how people perceive the board. I’m pretty sure no one wants to look at all 371 so I used a random number generator to select 50 names from the list.
They are as follows:
1920s Style "Death Ray" Anaamika ArizonaTeach Barbarian BMalion BrainGlutton Broomstick BrotherCadfael buns3000 capybara Chefguy Cider Depot Duckster Earl Snake-Hips Tucker Elendil's Heir even sven First Amongst Daves ftg Girl From Mars gonzomax HookerChemical Jas09 jk1245 Kaio Least Original User Name Ever Ludovic Mahna Mahna mangeorge myskepticsight neutron star pulykamell Quercus Rico robby SenorBeef ShibbOleth Skald the Rhymer stolichnaya Stuffy tagos Tenar The Tao's Revenge The Tao's Revenge TheseGoToEleven threnodyangelfire villa Vox Imperatoris Whack-a-Mole whatami WhyNot
There are certainly vocal lefties and righties this list, but for most of the posters I have no idea how they swing. My hypothesis is that the board is overwhelmingly moderate/apolitical.
I am willing to discuss the possibility that my methodology is flawed and would love to discuss ways to improve it with those who are so inclined. I’d also love to hear from the posters whose names were selected about their political leanings if they would not mind sharing (this is the part of the thread that’s a poll).
I would like to avoid unsubstantiated opinions and, if at all possible, snark.
Finally, I do not expect this to be the final determining factor in any argument about the board’s politics. I merely hope that this can serve as a stepping stone to quantifying this issue.