For the past month. I have had this question in my head: What does CraftyMynes think of it's own factions? While CraftyMynes isn't a faction server, it's obvious that the server structure and purpose is suitable enough conditions for factions to form, grow, and prosper. However, what factions can't control is how well they are received by the rest of the players on CraftyMynes. To find out how much CM appreciated its own factions, I created a poll on the forums that showed eight factions and asked participants to approve or disapprove each one. I also added an optional comment section for others to tell me of factions that I didn't include and also to tell me of which factions that have disbanded that shouldn't be included. What sparked the idea of making this poll was TE claiming to be the best faction on CM and me wanting to see if the rest of CM agreed. When I closed the poll, it had 30 responses. Here are the results:
My thoughts on the results: While I had low expectations for the results, I thought that Team Eye would have the highest approval rating. They claim to be the richest, most powerful, and overall best faction on CM. They also seemed to be rather well received by the rest of CM with the exceptions of factions TE raids. However, the poll shows that 60% of all participants disagreed with TE. While it did shock me at first, it didn't take long to come up with a theory on why the approval rating was so low. Most of those that claim that TE is the best faction are TE members themselves. This makes sense since loyal TE members would endorse the faction and would want to prolong its existence for as long as possible. TE is a faction that raids other factions for power, wealth, and recognition. So it would be hard for TE to make allied relationships with other factions on CM if they are after them.
Since TE didn't get the highest approval rating, Harvestar did instead. This is no surprise since they try to stay neutral and out of the way of any drama or other factions. Harvestar is the introverted kid that went to the same school district his entire life and stays out of drama among his peers.
Do I really have to mention who got the lowest approval rating? I put that in as more of a joke just to see what happened. The results didn't disappoint me.
What I believe I could do better: This poll was the first one that I ever did and in half an hour. I should have looked through the forums more for existing factions and waited to see if that faction still existed. What I also don't like about this poll was me being focused on minimizing voter fraud. As I expected, TE tried to bribe others to commit fraud and make as many people vote for TE as possible by promising a giveaway if they got the highest approval rating. The reason why you couldn't see the results right after you voted was because I knew that if respondents did, factions trying to stuff the poll with fraudulent responses would be able to keep track of their progress stuffing the poll. The reason why I didn't include a neutral option was because I knew that the majority of people that were going to vote were most likely a part of another faction. I figured that the results would be super controversial and it would be easier to get a higher approval rating for a faction committing fraud if a neutral option existed since it will most likely be discarded in drama related incidents. So knowing that the neutral option was going to be less significant than the other options, it only took a few responses to cooperate with fraudsters if the neutral option existed, and how it was only going to cause more drama; I removed the neutral option while making the poll.
Will I do this again? I would like to. I used to create polls for a certain community and collect data based on what question that I wanted answered. For example, while Google+ is a huge failure and a blatant copy of Facebook, I noticed that there were users that were active on the platform. So I ran a poll in a Teenagers Community asking why they were using Google+. The most popular option was because Google+ came with their YouTube account and they needed it in order to comment on YouTube videos (this was back in 2015 when you had to have a Google+ account to use the YouTube comment section). I would like to create more polls to learn more about the CraftyMynes community. I have made my first and I want following polls to be better. Expect more polls like these in the future, but don't expect them anytime soon.