Fan Survey

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Fans often survey themselves, asking each other for opinions on various topics.

The form often takes the form of informal polls. Sometimes they are more wide-reaching and organized.

As expected, conducting a survey can be not unlike herding cats, and with fans, sometimes even more so.

See Timeline of Fan Surveys‎.


The results of these surveys have been used to:

  • gauge the interest of fans in certain subjects
  • investigate a fannish website or print zine's future direction
  • influence TPTB in regards to canon decisions
  • influence pro merchandisers regarding what they create and sell
  • get a feel for a community
  • for pure fun!

An Example of a Miserable Survey NOT Done by Fans