← The 2017 survey responses are in!
2013 results have also been included, for comparison!




In 2017, PC Surveys returned for ROUND TWO under a new name, Ask the PC! The goal of PC Surveys was to collect, as objectively as possible, answers from regular PCers like you and tally up the answers to see what comes up top. After a month and a half of survey collecting and board bumping, the results are finally in!

The results are up in the form of graphs that show the top answers and I will no longer be taking survey answers for this particular set.

Doing this project was a fair bit of work (mostly having to set up boards each day and bump them) but I'm personally satisfied with the result.

If you have any suggestions, questions, or comments, feel free to mail me with the link below:

Round 2 Details

Survey Collection: 6/12/17 - 7/24/17
Total # of surveys: 131
Results Posted: 7/25/17
Total # of boards: 28
Total # of rows on spreadsheet: 542

Round 1 Details


Survey Collection: 10/10/13 - 11/28/13
Total # of surveys: 193
Results Posted: 12/5/13
Total # of boards: 30
Total # of rows on spreadsheet: 772


Fun fact: There were 12 users that participated in both surveys!


A few important disclaimers


The questions and the specific response types that were requested are found below. The response form, which uses the shorthand/condensed names for each question, can be answered by neomail (although board ones are acceptable, neomail was highly preferred). I was only taking the first answers for the amount that I requested, and any extra would be excluded. I only took the first three answers for the first question, for example, even if the user answered more than three.

C – Favorite converted combo (color/species, 3)

Post YOUR (not what you think is the PC's) top THREE (3) favorite converted pets. As in, post YOUR personal favorites. You do NOT have to own the pets. They must be species/color combos that exist. Try not to account solely on value. You can post just one or two (or three).

UC – Favorite unconverted combo (color/species, 3)

Post YOUR (not what you think is the PC's) top THREE (3) favorite unconverted pets. As in, post YOUR personal favorites. You do NOT have to own the pets. They must be unconverted species/color combos that exist (auto-converted pets do not count). Try not to account solely on value. You can post just one or two (or three).

Spec – Favorite species (2)

Post YOUR (not what you think is the PC's) top two favorite Neopets species, in general. As in, post YOUR personal favorites. Try not to account solely on value.

Color – Favorite color (2)

Post YOUR (not what you think is the PC's) top two favorite Neopets colors, in general. As in, post YOUR personal favorites. Try not to account solely on value.

Fan – Top PC Fandoms (5)

List UP TO FIVE (5) series/franchises/shows/games/bands/etc. that you consider yourself a fan of. (excluding Neopets!) It does NOT have to be digital (i.e. books are fine). Please try not to mention simply a genre. I am aware people shift interests often, so try and pick a few that you feel you've been a long-time fan of or will be a long-time fan of. Recent ones are fine. You can list any number (total of five) from any category as well as other unmentioned categories as long as they fit the general theme.

PLEASE BE WARY OF POSTING NON-NEOPETS SITE NAMES. If you must, use a very general description of that site (not a misspelling). For that reason I probably will exclude sites (that are, in its entirety, consisted of the site) in the final tally, and stick to other media.

Prem – Premium User Ratio (Y/N)

Simple yes or no answer. Have you ever PAID (trial not included) for Premium? Ex-Premium and current Premium users are counted as the same in this instance.

Board – Most popular non-PC board (1)

List ONE other board that you frequent; as in, what other board besides the PC do you lurk? "Frequent" is subjective of course; just ask yourself if you consider yourself a member of those boards (am I a PCer?). I would like to keep this question limited to people that particularly consider themselves PCers to some extent (it doesn't have to be your primary board). If you do not really frequent any other boards, feel free to just post that you don't.

Theme – Favorite site theme (1)

Post what site theme you are currently using OR your favorite site theme that you own (it does not have to be your current one). Basic ones are fine. Please only post one theme.

You can find what site theme you are currently using on this page.

Bump – Most popular method of bumping (1)

Answer this question with your usual method of bumping. In other words, answer this question as if you were bumping your own board. If you use something other than a single, CONSISTENT character/phrase/word/smiley, or if you vary between them, please specify it in your answer.

Char – Favorite Neopian character (1)

Post YOUR favorite Neopian character (must be an official Neopets character from TNT) from anywhere on the site, including but not limited to plots/wars/shops/Battledome/faeries/etc. This does not have to necessarily be a named character but the character must be distinguishable and unique.

Ref - Neopets referral (1)

How did you find out about Neopets.com? Please use as few words as possible to describe how you were referred to Neopets (one word preferably).

AC - Most Popular Altador Cup Team (1)

What team were you playing for this year (2017) in the Altador Cup? Abbreviations/acronyms of the teams are okay. If you did not participate, just state none.

Post YOUR (not what you think is the PC's) top THREE favorite converted pets.







2017

Most Popular Aisha Colors: Transparent, Baby, Alien, Plushie
Most Popular Draik Colors: Mutant, Maraquan, Royalboy, Stealthy

2013

Most Popular Draik Colors: Maraquan, Desert, Stealthy, Water, Mutant

Post YOUR (not what you think is the PC's) top THREE favorite unconverted pets.







2017

Most Popular UC Faeries: Xweetok, Ixi, Yurble, Wocky
Most Popular UC Darigans: Draik, Kougra, Aisha, Korbat, Yurble
Most Popular UC Greys: Ixi, Gelert, Yurble
Most Popular UC Plushies: Cybunny, Zafara, Hissi

2013

Most Popular UC Faeries: Xweetok, Pteri, Techo, Wocky, Draik
Most Popular UC Darigans: Draik, Wocky, Aisha, Eyrie, Zafara
Most Popular UC Greys: Kougra, Ixi, Wocky, Yurble
Most Popular UC Plushies: Draik, Shoyru, Zafara, Koi

Post YOUR (not what you think is the PC's) top two favorite Neopets species, in general.








* I only asked for one favorite species in 2013, as opposed to two in 2017.

Post YOUR (not what you think is the PC's) top two favorite Neopets color, in general.








* I only asked for one favorite color in 2013, as opposed to two in 2017.

List UP TO FIVE series/franchises/shows/games/etc. that you consider yourself a fan of.





Simple yes or no answer. Have you ever PAID (trial not included) for Premium?







List ONE other board that you frequent; as in, what other board besides the PC do you lurk?






NCC/NC = NC Mall
AC = Avatars/NeoSignatures
HC = Help
TC = Trading/Auctions
RP = Role Playing

BDC = Battledome
Charter = Premium Boards

Post what site theme you are currently using OR your favorite site theme that you own (it does not have to be your current one).







Answer this question with your usual method of bumping. In other words, answer this question as if you were bumping your own board.







Post YOUR favorite Neopian character (must be an official Neopets character from TNT) from anywhere on the site, including but not limited to plots/wars/shops/Battledome/faeries/etc.









How did you find out about Neopets.com?







What team were you playing for this year (2017) in the Altador Cup?





* This question was not asked in 2013.


2013 - Oldest Account Ages

NOTICE - This question was asked in the 2013 survey but was not asked in the 2017 survey. No longer relevant, but is kept here for records.

The main disclaimer about this particular pair of surveys is that people (as well as I) tended to go off of userlookup shield rather than the account creation date, although many did provide the actual month age according to the boards. The spikes that you see are particularly the 12 month and 6 month factors, since I simply took the years or half years age that is provided on the shield (or the user) and converted it into months.

Post the age (according to the Neoboards or userlookup shield, in months) of your oldest account that you still have access to.



Average: 88.6 months
Standard Deviation: 34.9 months
Median: 89.5 months
Max: 179 months
Min: 8 months




2013 - Posted Account Ages

NOTICE - This data was tracked in the 2013 survey but was not tracked in the 2017 survey. No longer relevant, but is kept here for records.

This was a "passive" survey, as I call it, because I simply took and wrote down the age of the account that a user is posting/neomailing from. This was to compare to whether users preferred to use their oldest account or newer accounts.



Average: 72.7 months
Standard Deviation: 37.6 months
Median: 73 months
Max: 179 months
Min: 4 months




2013 - User Age Ratio

NOTICE - This question was asked in the 2013 survey but was not asked in the 2017 survey. No longer relevant, but is kept here for records.

Simple yes or no answer. Are you 18 or over?


I DID NOT CONDUCT THESE SURVEYS! I cannot verify all of the methods, but they've been included here for the curious :)



Unconverted Popularity Survey

This project, run in 2017, performed a very similar process to this page to collect data (mailing a form) but focused on popular UCs solely by artwork. It employs a very interesting rating system which is different from how I asked my question, so if you are interested in UCs, be sure to check the page out!



PC Polls

A similar, smaller project casually run by Tanner! Questions are topics of boards, and answers are posted on the board and tallied up at the end of the board into the form of a fancy pie graph. The questions (so far) are all pretty distinct from mine, so check it out if you were curious about the PC's favorite petpetpet or least favorite species! :)



(Announced) Player Ages

Ages are taken from posts on two different boards (one on Aug 16, 2017 and the other on Aug 31, 2017, different OP) asking for PCer ages. Keep in mind that it is only taking into account POSTED responses. There may be some overlap with users between the two boards (one user answering in both). With the data separated, there was no significant difference in ratios/means/etc. This graph is both boards combined.

Responses surveyed on this graph: 99 (43 + 56)



Average: 22.3 years
Standard Deviation: 3.6 years
Median: 22 years
Max: 35 years
Min: 15 years



Species Popularity (by Number of Owned Pets)

I lost the link to this petpage but I saved the data and compiled it into a graph. Around June 2017, this user simply asked for everyone to post on the board the number of pets of a certain species they owned as permanent pets. For example, someone may say 2 Draik, 1 Kacheek, 1 Blumaroo, etc. until they listed all of their permie species. The answers from each user that responded was added up for the total count. Note that data can be skewed greatly by collectors.

Users surveyed on this graph: 38
(Only top answers shown)



Special Thanks

I really want to extend my deepest thanks to everyone that took the time to answer the surveys, either in 2017 or 2013 (or both!) I know your time is precious but this project truly would not have been possible without you all! Thank you for taking a moment to contribute to the survey.

I also would especially like to thank all of the users who stopped by my boards multiple times throughout the collection phase to chat or even help bump while I was gone, like Ag, Pixie, Zeldeh, Nikki, Val, Silver, Padfoot, Bitter, SNOWFLAKELE, and many more! I cannot begin to express how grateful I am to have your company and support!


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