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The nexus of fandom and logic (was: A little experiment)

Discussion in 'Literature' started by CooperTFN, Feb 4, 2008.

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  1. CooperTFN

    CooperTFN TFN EU Staff Emeritus star 6 VIP

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    By now some of you may have seen [link=http://www.theforce.net/latestnews/story/Expanded_Universe_Survey_112056.asp]this post[/link] at TFN from last night, but for those of you that haven't...

    I'm conducting a little statistical experiment concerning the Star Wars EU and fans' feelings about it. What I require is a large sampling of people's opinions on various stories and elements of the EU, on a simple 1-to-10 scale. A more thorough explanation can be found on the [link=http://www.freesurveysonline.com/fso/AskSurvey.fso?Survey=13485&CheckID=11605]survey page[/link], but it's important to the results that the full purpose of the questions remain unknown for now, so you'll just have to humor me. The survey runs until February 18 (at which point the survey place will want to start charging me :)), and I'll be posting results hopefully by the end of the month - I'll want to get it done as soon as I can manage, based on how interesting the responses have been thus far. Until that point, I admit there won't be much to talk about in this thread, but I'll dredge it back up when the time comes. Thanks for reading!
     
  2. JediHobbit

    JediHobbit Jedi Master star 5

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    Is there anything in particular you ar elooking for, or just a general cross-section of fan reactions to EU events? Just wondering...
     
  3. CooperTFN

    CooperTFN TFN EU Staff Emeritus star 6 VIP

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    If I told you what I was looking for, it would ruin the experiment. :p

    Just go by the directions on the page - your immediate, natural reactions.
     
  4. Jedimarine

    Jedimarine Jedi Master star 5

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    Amusing...though the information seems rather specific...way to go...now I'm gonna spend the rest of the day at work wondering what possible hypothesis could be derived from the scaling of those selections...I've already got like 6 and I've only been at it for 5 minutes!

    GAH!
     
  5. CooperTFN

    CooperTFN TFN EU Staff Emeritus star 6 VIP

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    In all fairness, it shouldn't be really difficult to figure out. You guys are welcome to speculate here...I just won't be commenting. ;)
     
  6. Durroness

    Durroness Jedi Master star 1

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    I was torn on a couple of those between whether or not I liked something from an In or Out of Universe perspective. Sometimes they were conflicting- some things make sense in-universe amd therefore I have respect for it, but it may not be my personal ideal outcome.

    Do you want our answers to totaly be just what we, as fans like, or should we take it in the broader context of the SW galaxy? Sorry if I'm making it too complicated. :-B
     
  7. JediHobbit

    JediHobbit Jedi Master star 5

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    Agreed. I raated Anakin Solo's death sort of high because it made sense and was totally epic as much as I personally didn't like it and disagreed with it. Similarly with Chewie's death. But mara's death a rated fairly low because I felt that even in-universe it wasn't necessary at all. It didn't make sense why she didn't tell anybody else about what she knew and what Ben told her, and I still don't view Jacen as a legitimate challenge to a seasoned Jedi Master like that despite how much he's being set up.
     
  8. Jedimarine

    Jedimarine Jedi Master star 5

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    I think the trick there is to look at the event "sans-characters".

    Don't include your emotional investments or lack-there-of...it allows for you to go "that was really cool" even if you were bent over screaming in grief and put a dent in the drywall from the hurled hardback.

    Give credit as far as what's on the page...otherwise we might get surveys that are straight 10s or solid 8-10s, and that's not helpful...

    At least...I'm assuming it's not...or is it?

    probably not...

    but maybe???

    maybe not...

    still...

    :cool:
     
  9. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    Well, I added my two pence worth..
     
  10. The Loyal Imperial

    The Loyal Imperial Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Hadn't seen it before, but I don't check the news much. I'll bite.
     
  11. SuperWatto

    SuperWatto Manager Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I filled it out; I'm intrigued.
    I'd hazard a guess that it's got something to do with how the EU is perceived in light of the main themes of the movies.
     
  12. Barriss_Coffee

    Barriss_Coffee Chosen One star 6

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    I noticed this seems to focus on certain EU topics and avoids others.
     
  13. beccatoria

    beccatoria Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Done! And intrigued...
     
  14. Commander5052

    Commander5052 Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Very interested as to what the results will be, after seeing these questions.
     
  15. JEDI-SOLO

    JEDI-SOLO Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Yeah me too. I did the survey at work earlier today.
     
  16. Rouge77

    Rouge77 Jedi Knight star 5

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    Did it. Does this have anything to do with what fan reaction would be towards Anakin Solo's return?
     
  17. Kaje

    Kaje Jedi Master star 4

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    Could someone who hasn't already taken the test please post the questions here? I'd like to see them again.
     
  18. s65horsey

    s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I voted!

    Erm...wait...what was I supposed to do again?
     
  19. StarscreamPrime

    StarscreamPrime Jedi Padawan star 4

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    I went through the survey, but honestly I don't know if you'll get the results. (The submission is taking FAR too long to get through, at this moment.) But I felt some areas were lacking in the polling. (Such as testing the waters of REALLY off-the-wall novels/series/concepts.)
     
  20. ThrawnRocks

    ThrawnRocks Jedi Master star 6

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    What exactly is meant by "the return of Thrawn?" Is this a reference to an actual event, or just simply asking how you would feel about him returning?
     
  21. Havac

    Havac Former Moderator star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    How can you know what was lacking if you don't even know what it's for?:p
     
  22. BennyM

    BennyM Jedi Knight star 1

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    Filled in what i could, not a whole lot, but more than half. hope it helps
     
  23. RK_Striker_JK_5

    RK_Striker_JK_5 Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    Added my voice. Felt... refreshing.
     
  24. CooperTFN

    CooperTFN TFN EU Staff Emeritus star 6 VIP

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    Thank you. :D

    All the entries pertain to already-existing things, not hypotheticals. "The return of Thrawn" is referring to his coming back from the Unknown Regions to fight the NR.
     
  25. Havac

    Havac Former Moderator star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Huh. I underrated it then.
     
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