Nikki (nakeisha) wrote,

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Poll Results

About a week ago I did a little poll concerning whether people were prepared to follow links from LJs to read stories.

The results showed that most people (75.4%) would indeed follow a link to another LJ or website to read a story in a fandom/pairing they liked.

However, 11.6% of people wouldn't follow a link.

And 13.0% of people said it would depend.

The most common reason for 'it depends' was whether or not they were using a slow dial-up/other related computer issues. If they were using dial-up they probably wouldn't follow the link (although they might do so later if they had access to a faster connection), especially if the link took them off to graphic heavy pages.

Another reason was the mood of the reader at the time of the post, and also how much time they had.

Yet another reason was that it would depend on how much information was given in the post with the link. For example, if it included the kind of information (genre, brief summary, warnings, story length) that a lot of people put at the beginning of their stories, then they'd be more likely to follow it. If no information, other than fandom/pairing was given, then they probably wouldn't bother.

Overall 69 people did the poll, which I know isn't hugely representative, but it was interesting to see that although three-quarters would follow a link whatever, a quarter either wouldn't, or would if certain 'conditions' were met.

Thanks for everyone who filled out the poll and/or commented. I thought the results, whilst not necessarily being overly surprising, were interesting.
Tags: fanfic: general, media fandom : general, polls
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