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Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sun, 24th May '09 9:09 PM


While I was waiting for Sploofus to load, (and yes I felt the people on Gilligan's Island waiting for a ship to arrive), I came across a neat website that talked about the demographics of the users on Sploofus.

I would wonder how this particular site came up with some of this data, as no one that I know of talked to me about some of the details of it for example, but I found it interesting nevertheless. According to that data, the dominant user of this site would be male, older than 55, caucasian with no kids in the household, more affluent, and would "probably" not have gone to college? Does that sound right to you??

I've been wondering for a long time where there isn't more "younger" types of people on this site.......I seem to enjoy certain aspects of it just fine. I sometimes get frustrated with the lack of younger users on this site, as the segments of culture I would like to take a quiz on are for the most part not to be found. Anyone have any speculation as to why this might be, and how to get a younger crowd onto this site alongside the crowd we already have, lol? I of course enjoy the users we have, just wish the population on Sploofus was more representative of society as a whole is all. I like what we have, but I also like variety.

Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6648)
Sun, 24th May '09 9:14 PM

Well, the first thing would be to fix the bugs. Once the Stone Age is replaced, redo the description on Sploofus to fit today's culture. that would help tremendously.

Bigbird  (Level: 236.1 - Posts: 3300)
Sun, 24th May '09 9:23 PM

That is really strange. Even if it were true, how would anyone know that? Seems to me, we are mostly women, and college educated. At least when I look at the stats on my quizzes (who took them) they are generally female in the majority. They might well be correct about the no children at home - if you have kids, you sure don't have Splooftime. Though plenty of us seem to make time even with kids in the home. It's just strange.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 24th May '09 9:29 PM

I think younger people are more involved in careers and have younger children who need their attention. I'm guessing younger people, when they do finally have computer time, play more action games than word games. We older folks are more interested in keeping our minds sharp, and we don't have younger children that take up most of our time.

I think most here are college educated at least to some degree (no pun intended).

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sun, 24th May '09 9:39 PM

I was thinking about that, it does seem to me that the users on this site are primarily older college educated females, not exactly what that site came up with, but was wondering whether I got that impression from the chat forum rather than a better source..... Maybe Sploofus should offer younger users babysitters with it's platinum memberships....

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 24th May '09 9:44 PM

hahahahahaha - If Sploofus did, younger ones would probably use that time to catch up on their sleep!

Plus, because of the economy, a lot of people are spending their time looking for jobs, or looking for / working a 2nd job. That leaves exhausting and not much Sploofus time.

Bbear  (Level: 159.3 - Posts: 2301)
Sun, 24th May '09 9:46 PM

So we are a bunch of old, white, wealthy folks? Yea, that would be hubbie and me.

Although we complain about money issues, we are in the top 20% in the US and the top 2% on earth.

Bobolicios  (Level: 116.8 - Posts: 1745)
Sun, 24th May '09 9:47 PM

I would not ordinarily have so much time to spend on internet. I lost my job in October, I work but do home daycare. I will soon be back out in job market so I won't play as often. I also live with my daughter and son-in-law right now so use sploofus as a diversion. When on my own I'm sure I won't be on as much. I have noted many players in forties and fifties. On Salty Dog, seems like there are a lot of retired people set in ways with a lot of time on their hands. It would be nice to get more youthful members and then the quizzes would even become different. However I do enjoy the site just the way it is as well. I absolutely don't know how that could have come up with those demographics.

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sun, 24th May '09 10:28 PM

I like the following list from the site:

The people who visit are also likely to visit: 36.7x 24.9x 24.4x 20.8x 8.0x 7.9x 7.5x 5.6x 5.1x 5.0x 5.0x 4.7x 4.4x 4.2x 4.1x

What is that? I don't know what that number means, but does it mean that 36.7% also visit We've been caught, lol!

Lodi  (Level: 95.9 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 24th May '09 11:00 PM

I am curious about how they would know these things unless our IP addresses are sold by sploofus and tracked by a third party. I do know that the rules of sploofus say that our IP numbers are tracked and cookies put on our machines.

Koota  (Level: 180.6 - Posts: 2097)
Mon, 25th May '09 12:13 AM

What a load of crap. The site is obviously inaccurate.

Seriously. Seriously?????

Predominately male? Incomes over 100,000????? Seriously????

I don't think so.

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Mon, 25th May '09 12:20 AM I guess is some kind of vitamin store?? I was wondering if we had a bunch of health nuts around here, lol. The 100,000 dollar figure does seem a bit bloated, I don't think I trust it, but the sample size seems relatively small.

Lodi  (Level: 95.9 - Posts: 2144)
Mon, 25th May '09 1:04 AM

The is all me. I buy vitamin DC by the bushel from them.

Alvandy  (Level: 225.6 - Posts: 7525)
Mon, 25th May '09 2:18 AM

I think the biggest reason younger folks aren't as hooked on sites such as Sploofus- is the huge rise of "social networking" sites such as Facebook, Twitter, My Space, etc. Something psychologically fulfilling about them.

Also- my opinion - much of the "trivia" games/facts are about things that go back a generation or more ago. We "oldies" lived through those eras, and we have fun remembering. Younger folks aren't ready to reminisce for awhile.
Sploof on!

Achad  (Level: 201.6 - Posts: 661)
Mon, 25th May '09 5:29 AM

According to that data, the dominant user of this site would be male, older than 55, caucasian with no kids in the household, more affluent, and would "probably" not have gone to college?

male: Correct
older than 55: Incorrect (for a couple of years)
caucasian with no kids in the household: Correct
more affluent: Incorrect (couldn't be more wrong)
would "probably" not have gone to college: Incorrect (two degrees in architecture)

So, 60% accuracy.

Surreyman  (Level: 257.1 - Posts: 2766)
Mon, 25th May '09 5:54 AM

On a sample of 1!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Mon, 25th May '09 6:36 AM

I'm just here for the food.

Caramel1  (Level: 126.0 - Posts: 21555)
Mon, 25th May '09 6:42 AM

Nothing more hard-headed and set in their ways and usually babbling nonsense than a 3 year old :

Achad  (Level: 201.6 - Posts: 661)
Mon, 25th May '09 6:57 AM


Here's an analysis of takers of my quizzes:

%M %F Av.Age
Food 27 73 47.6
Sport 80 20 38.8
General 43 57 48.4
Geography 49 51 48.7
TV 56 44 36.3
Music 49 51 47.0
Film 44 56 45.5

Average 50 50 44.6

So, males like sport and females like food, there's a 50/50 split on users and the average age is way under 55.
Is that what this tells us?

Salzypat  (Level: 154.4 - Posts: 5295)
Mon, 25th May '09 12:03 PM

as of 11 a.m. Central Daylight Time May 25, our membership is at 61,000.

According to that site, which I believe was dated April 2009, it shows membership at around 41,000.

I suspect the premise of this "study" is seriously flawed and means absolutely nothing.

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Mon, 25th May '09 12:07 PM

Yeah, looking at it more closely, it seems the sample size is very small in relation to the total membership, the data is old, I'm thinking it might be more of an advertisment for what that company can do for your website business or something, not sure.

Bobolicios  (Level: 116.8 - Posts: 1745)
Tue, 26th May '09 10:50 PM

Whatever the stats the make-up of sploofusers is a geniune mix of Americana. Not too old, or young, or rich or poor. I think definitely more educated and intelligent. They have a improved memory cells and hopefully live longer, happier more peaceful lives than non-sploofusers!

Puppyfoot  (Level: 72.8 - Posts: 1086)
Sun, 31st May '09 2:04 AM

As far as drawing the younger crowd, here are a few suggestions that might or might not work:

Perhaps the younger Sploofusers (or those acquainted with subjects of interest to the younger generations) could write quizzes on topics of interest to younger people. Then (and I don't know enough about computers to know how to do this) they could put a link on some sites frequented by younger people with a lead-in appropriate to that site such as "How much do you know about __? [hip-hop,' I Love New York'] Join for free and take a quiz on your favorite ___. [team, singer, etc.] Or you can write a quiz for others to take."

Another (better?) suggestion is to challenge members of fraternities/sororities to join Sploofus and challenge each other or their rivals (either at their college or rival colleges) to write quizzes, get more points, etc. They could even hold Sploofus tournaments where each person has an hour to get the most points on his or her laptop. Those do not place would have to each donate $5.00 to the favorite charity of the first-place winner.

College professors could give extra credits to students who join Sploofus and write quizzes on selected (or assigned) topics. They could also give credit to those in the class who take the quizzes written by their classmates.

Some Sploofusers could take on the task of writing some quizzes of interest to young parents and putting links on parenting sites, sites for parents who are single again, etc. Also, someone could look through our site for quizzes already written and link them to some other sites (I have written a quiz on Halloween safety, for example).

I believe that many of those in the situations mentioned above would get "hooked" on Sploofus after trying it out (yes, I'm a "Sploofus pusher!" "Psst--hey, kid--wanna try a free website?").

Of course, all of this is subject to approval by Justin.

Just a little "brainstorming" warm-up. Anyone with other ideas?

Lodi  (Level: 95.9 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 31st May '09 2:14 AM

I think most young adults are used to chat forums where they can speak freely with other adults. I think the extreme nannyism on this site, where you get your post deleted if you say "damn" or "ass," would quickly turn them sour on spending any amount of time here, let alone money.

Kaufman  (Level: 253.9 - Posts: 3936)
Sun, 31st May '09 8:05 AM

I like forums where you can be as offensive as you want and use whatever words you choose too, but as Groucho would say, I take mine out sometimes. Personally, I don't find what "nannyism" is imposed on this site a dealbreaker, and frankly if the primary reason someone wants to use a chat forum is to say the magic words, their priorities are very different from mine.

M48ortal  (Level: 248.1 - Posts: 3733)
Sun, 31st May '09 8:53 AM

The survey was possibly done by a Sploofus member (possibly gone by now, based on the 41,000 membership), based on the results of the quizzes he or she took or authored while developing the survey. I'm not sure how he would get the income levels, but to say that Sploofus players are high income without a college degree contradicts most studies I've read (concerning income and education), unless, of course, Bill Gates is secretly a Sploofuser. He would skew the curve in that direction.

Now, why was it done? Possibly a college research class project. Sounds like the kind of thing someone would come up with.

Just a hypothesis...

Salzypat  (Level: 154.4 - Posts: 5295)
Sun, 31st May '09 9:10 AM

Some teachers do use Sploofus quizzes in the classroom, but Puppyfoot, your suggestion is a good one. Maybe it needs to be "promoted" to schools so more will use it. There are some first-class quizzes and puzzles on Sploofus that could be real learning experiences for students.

Lodi, maybe those younger people need to brush up on their skills and learn to communicate with others minus the swearing and off-color language. And obviously you didn't get censored for the two examples you cited because it's still posted. It's the very vulgar language that gets censored, and rightly so.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 31st May '09 9:12 AM

I like all those ideas - particularly the sorority/fraternity thing.

I'm thinking there's a good chance that the only younger ones who would be interested in a trivia site period might be the same ones for whom the censorship would not be a deal breaker. I mean, in general, Sploofus isn't a hookup site, and there are plenty of sites where they have unbridled chat. Plus, I don't know that under the current situation, Sploofus can physically/electronically support a much larger number of members. Sploofus is no one's full time job - it is a sideline. I don't know that it could survive an avalanche.

I think this site among other sites mirrors real life. A bunch of people at a party tend to drift toward those with similar interests and people don't hang around that which doesn't catch their fancy quickly. That's probably why we have so many, MANY members who have never played beyond level 2.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sun, 31st May '09 12:26 PM

I would like everyone to know that 65% of all statistics are made up.

Lodi  (Level: 95.9 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 31st May '09 12:39 PM

And contrary to the nanny mindset, not every adult who wants to talk with other adults is looking to scream obscenities, use the F word, talk about nasty things, or whatever it is you are thinking. Sometimes you just want to chat. Things have previously gone to the extreme on here with deletions.

Lighten up, Francis.

Tazmaniac72  (Level: 186.1 - Posts: 213)
Sun, 31st May '09 12:58 PM the 'ideal' profile of a person on here, according to that site is this: A white male, over 50, who makes over 100K a year, has no young kids, and apparently needed no college to make a good income. The top preferred healthcare site is for this ideal profile, if you go with the 'ideal' or majority profile. If you look at, the ideal income for their average profile is 0-30K a year, still had no college experience, but the majority users are women. Hmmmmm....doesn't make much sense to me, except what it shows me that according to them, men with no college make a whole lot more money a year than women with no college.

I think the women should start a riot...complete with screaming and F bombs........I'll bring the popcorn!!!!

Bobolicios  (Level: 116.8 - Posts: 1745)
Sun, 31st May '09 4:42 PM

I don't think we should try and change format for sploofus. Why should sploofus try and cultivate any age group. That would change the dynamics. There are young sploofusers on here maybe not a majority or maybe they are silent. In any event some stupid contest at colleges is about the dumbest idea I have ever heard. Lodi is right at least my kids have no interest in this kind of trivia forum. They are young and not interested in trivia, even though they are intelligent. I like the diversity already on sploofus we don't need recruitment of college students. The language part is an issue most chat forums and other trivia site I have been on don't censor the language like sploofus.

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