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What do the polls tell us?

I thought I'd take the time, this wonderful Saturday evening, to talk to you guys a little bit about the polls that you will find on my website. In specific, I want to analyze with you what exactly these polls tell us. To do that we are going to start with the first poll I posted and work our way to the more recent ones (which, if you are looking at my website, would be going from the bottom of the page to the top).

Poll #1: How Many Bands (On Average) Do You Put on Your K'NEX Gun?

40.91% (which is 18 votes) said that they usually put two bands on their K'NEX gun. 22.73% (which is 10 votes) said that they usually put 3 bands on their K'NEX gun, and the rest of the numbers go down semi-proportionally. Now, what does this tell us? Well, one of the things that we could take away from this is that if your K'NEX gun does not operate well with only two bands (whether they be #32s or #64s) , you probably should try again. In other words, your gun should be accurate, powerful, and smooth running with at most / at least 2 bands. And, to be honest, this should apply to the majority of K'NEX guns, which is part of the reason why I am not a huge fan of the NAR...
 

Poll #2: Rod Ammo, Connector Ammo, Mix?

Now, to be honest, I knew that this was going to be rather a contentious issue. I mean, after all, doesn't the K'NEX community go around and around about which ammo type is best? I pretty much expected that the results would be rather even, so let us see if I was correct. 51.85%  (14 votes) said that they prefer rod ammo, 33.33%  (9 votes) said that they prefer a mix of rod ammo and connecter ammo, and 14.81%  (4 votes) said that they prefer connecter ammo. Again, what does this tell us? Well, if you are a people pleaser, then you might want to have your K'NEX guns shoot rod ammo. If you do your own thing (like most of us do) then... well... do your own thing. I personally prefer either a mix of rod and connecter, or connecter. I hate rods. They spin much more than mixed ammo, and have to many ridges for my liking, but all the same, do your own thing.
 

Poll #3: Do You Think That a Full-Auto K'NEX Gun is Possible

There is not much to say about this poll, so here are the statistics: 66.67%  (18 votes) say "yes," they think it is possible. 22.22%  (6 votes) say that they think it is not possible, and 11.11%  (3 votes) say that they think it is possibly possible... XD
 

Poll #4: At what time of the day / week do you usually mess around with your K'NEX?

Again, there is not much to say about this poll, except that most K'NEXers are, as it were, weekend warriors. 37.93%  (11 votes) say that they "play" K'NEX on the weekends, 31.03%  (9 votes) say that they use their K'NEX in the afternoon, 24.14%  (7 votes) said at night, 3.45%  (1 votes)  said that they build during the weekdays, and 3%  (1 votes) said other. Other, what other? Also, 0% said that they use their K'NEX in the morning. +1
 

Poll #4: On average, how many guns do you build per year?

I posted this poll 'cause I really was interested to see who did what. 34.78%  (8 votes) said that they built between 10 and 15 guns a year, 26.09%  (6 votes) said somewhere between 1and 10, 17.39%  (4 votes) said that they built somewhere between 30 and 50 guns a year (I would be among this crowd), 13.04%  (3 votes)  said other, and 9%  (2 votes) said that they build between 15 and 30 guns a year. Interesting.
 

Poll #5: Do you think that a black firing pin will actually get better ranges than any other firing pin of the same size?

I was truly interested to see what people would say on this issue, 'cause some K'NEXers would hold this view to their last breath. The poll shows that 52.38%  (11 votes)  say “yes,” 28.57%  (6 votes) say “no,” 14.29%  (3 votes)  say “It depends on the gun,” and 5%  (1 votes) say other… Other? What do you mean other?
 

Poll #6: Internal Magazine Pusher or External Magazine Pusher? Which do you prefer?

This is another thing that us K’NEXers argue about, I am personally in favor of EMPs, but others disagree. 65.22%  (15 votes) say that they like IMPs, 17.39%  (4 votes) say EMPs, and 17.39%  (4 votes) say that they don’t like either (I would also be a part of this group, which may sound weird, but is nevertheless true).
 

Poll #7: Do you think it is weird / arrogant / silly that people favorite their own instructables?

Now here is something that we can all relate to. The poll shows that: 55%  (11 votes) say that they do think it is weird / arrogant / silly that people favorite their own instructables, 35%  (7 votes)  say that they don’t think it is weird, and 10%  (2 votes) say “other”/they are not sure. I personally think that it is weird / arrogant / silly that people favorite their own instructables.
 

Poll #8: Do your parents / relatives like your hobby of "K'NEX-gunning?"

40%  (8 votes) say “Yes,” 35%  (7 votes)  say “Sorta-kinda,” 15%  (3 votes)  say “I don’t know,” one person said “No,” and one other person said “Other.” All I can say is that we are not to respected/liked in the Instructables community.
 

Poll #9: Do you like replica K'NEX guns (K'NEX guns that are made to look like a real firearm and shoot)?

I posted this poll because I have heard lots of comments that amount to “I am tired of seeing ‘here is what I build from CoD’” but apparently, people aren’t THAT tired of replicas: 82.35%  (14 votes) say “yes,” and a mere 17.65%  (3 votes) said “no.” Ignore those comments where ever you find them, they are just mumbo-jumbo.
 

Poll #10: Which do you like more?

40%  (8 votes) said Replica guns, 40%  (8 votes)  said Performance guns, 10%  (2 votes) said Model guns, and only 10%  (2 votes) said that they like concept guns the most. Yet, this is hard to believe, as concept guns probably get the most views… Hmmmmmmmmmmm.
 

So there you have it, let me know your thoughts.

Note: This might have typos and bad grammer as I did not take a whole lot of time to look it over. Bring that stuff to my attention and I'll fix it.
 

-The Red Book of Westmarch


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oodalumps3 years ago

Saying that all guns should work with only 2 bands is like saying that
all cars should work well with only go-kart engines. Performance Knex guns are designed to use more rubberbands, and they work extremely well that way.

I can see where you are coming from (seeing as you "invented" the NAR), but I don't necessarily agree. I also think that your analogy is incorrect, but I am in a hurry to write this message, as I have food calling my name. There is no need to get all huffy...

I have to disagree with you here this time. If a gun is designed to maximize band usage, then that's what it's designed for. If you want to use two rubber bands, that's fine, but then you're not using the gun as it's designed for. For example, it's like saying that because people like rod ammo better, my connector gun should shoot rod ammo just as well. No, my gun was designed for connector ammo, of course it won't work with rods nearly as well if at all.

interesting results

+1