Thanks to an excellent suggestion by Chronos in the earlier thread I have randomly selected 50 posts from the past week based purely on selecting a random integer between two post numbers posted one week apart. As before, this is intended to give us a snapshot of the personality of the board.
Since I didn’t feel like sending out fifty PMs, I read each post looking for political content and assigned a numerical value depending on what I read. Each post was given a value of 1, 2, or 3 coresponding to politically left, neutral or right.
This is of course not ideal since it largely depends on my opinion, but I will post my data set so anyone who believes my views are skewed is free to see how far apart we really are.
The results are as follows:
Left - 10
Neutral - 38
Right - 2
Mean - 1.84
Median - 2
Mode - 2
Left:Right - 5:1
My conclusion is that the board content is overwhelmingly neutral but does lean slightly left. However, in politically charged threads there is a much stronger bias possibly an 80/20 left/right split.
The data (post numbers only but I do have the poster names if anyone wants them and doesn’t feel like viewing 50 threads) is as follows:
10212496 10212568 10213151 10213403 10213629 10214566 10215188 10216034 10216662 10216871 10217017 10217164 10218117 10218481 10219073 10219108 10219383 10219386 10219440 10219468 10220532 10221592 10222539 10222722 10223222 10223785 10224066 10225138 10226331 10227138 10228388 10228667 10229923 10230366 10230680 10230691 10230789 10230981 10232428 10232449 10232589 10232597 10233788 10233954 10233986 10234094 10234603 10236070 10237142 10238644
Since the results seem to match the opinions posted in the previous thread, I don’t expect there to be much to talk about here. However, I would love to discuss my methodology or entertain suggestions on other things to do with this data. (Please don’t tell me where to stick it. I already considered all the options and have ruled them out.)
Finally, reading 50 posts out of context is pretty weird. I recommend it.