Posts Tagged ‘Polls’

Boot Camp Poll – The Results

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve had over 350 people vote in our “Boot Camp – Love It or Hate It?” poll. I’m no mathmagician, but I think 350 votes picking among only 5 options is enough for us to deduce a few things about how people feel about the Boot Camp setup in American Ninja Warrior. Here are the results, as of this moment, in order of popularity:

#1 “Love It!” with 29%
#2 “Pretty Cool” with 28%
#3 “I hate it! I’m so mad!” with 20%
#4 “I could take it or leave it” with 12%
#5 “Don’t really care for it, but I ain’t mad” with 11%

First deduction…most people either love it or like it, with almost 60% choosing one of the two positive options against roughly 30% who chose one of the two negative options. The two positive options clocked in at #1 and #2 in terms of votes.

Second deduction…the people who don’t like it, REALLY don’t like it with 20% of the overall tally saying that they hate it. On an anecdotal level, from comments people have shared on this blog or elsewhere, the main complaint people have is that it (1) encourages people to “game-play” to create drama and earn their spot for Japan as oppose to just proving it straight-up with their ninja chops, and (2) by creating “Survivor”-esque setups it undermines the inherent sense of camaraderie and sportsmanship that is part of the Ninja Warrior tradition.

Third deduction…many of the hardcore fans HATE the Bootcamp, while most everybody else really likes it. How do I know this? Well, the early voters in this poll were ANW competitors that I know and bulletin board members, and the later voters were people who just found this blog searching “American Ninja Warrior” on one of the search engines. Through the first 100 votes there was a dramatic 4-to-1 ratio of “Hate it!” to “Love it!” votes, showing that those hardcore early fans truly hated it. I thought the poll was going to be a landslide against the Boot Camp. But as more voters trickled in over the last couple of weeks, primarily new and casual fans, they RESOUNDINGLY voted positively for the Boot Camp and more that recovered ground in what seemed like an insurmountable deficit of 4-to-1 against, and both the positive options surpassed the most popular negative choice. This means that the Boot Camp, as G4 probably intended, appealed to more of the mass audience and perhaps expanded the fan base for our little obstacle course competition.

Final conclusion…overall people really liked the Boot Camp, particularly casual and new fans. Who knows exactly why…maybe they love Survivor-esque drama, maybe they just like having more hours of ANW content, maybe they like to learn about the competitors more and it makes them more vested in their success. What we do know is that a lot of hardcore fans did not like the structure that encouraged “anti-sportsmanship” drama, and didn’t purely advance the 10 best competitors to Japan. I think these hardcore fans would actually really like the Boot Camp if it were structured to (1) advance people purely on merit, and (2) focus even more on preparation for Japan. But undeniably the “mass audience” and casual fans really liked it, and I think that is probably a good thing for ANW’s sustainability in the long-term.

Feel free to post your comments here and continue the discussion! Who knows? Maybe somebody from G4 might see this and it might influence what they do for next year. Let your voice be heard!

Boot Camp – Love it or Hate it?

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

I must admit that I missed the last few episodes (*shakes fist at DirectTV*), but I understand that the whole Boot Camp concept as the place where the 15 finalists duke it out to make the top 10 spots on Team America to go to Ninja Warrior has been introduced. I see the bulletin boards aflame with people’s opinion of the whole Boot Camp idea. Ninja Warrior purists hate it, other people say it’s a great evolution of the American Ninja Warrior brand for commercial purposes, some say it is great preparation for Team America to go compete in Japan. What is your opinion? Vote below and feel free to post comments.

Only 20% Imply I Smoke Crack

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

About 4 weeks ago I posted a poll on this blog looking for honest feedback about whether I was off my rocker for thinking about competing in American Ninja Warrior, or whether I was being bold and “seizing the day” to try to fulfill a dream.  I got a rousing 20 votes on my poll, with an overwhelming 75% response picking the “Absolutely! Life is short! Go for it!” option in support of me going for it.  Thanks guys!

20% of the voters, however, thought I was nuts and picked the “Put down the crack pipe and slowly walk away” option.  I suppose there are naysayers in every crowd 😉

Just one person (5% of the total!) hedged with the “Maybe, only if you can avoid embarassing yourself” choice.  I personally thought more people would choose this option, as so many people seem to make life decisions based on what others will think of them, and based on a scientific avoidance of public embarassment.  I must admit, recently I’ve worried a bit about the prospect of training hard, putting myself out there in public to my friends and family, and then doing a horrific faceplant on the course that gets featured by G4 as “wipeout of the day”.  There’s no good that can come from letting this fear take too much frontal lobe space, so I’ll just banish it from my thoughts and try to visualize greatness bolstered by the 75% majority vote.

So What Do You Think?

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

I originally had a poll here that I lost when I transferred my blog hosting program. The options and results were the following when I posed the question “So What Do You Think?” about whether I should dare to dream and try to compete in American Ninja Warrior.

Absolutely! Life is short! Go for it! (26 votes)
Maybe, only if you can avoid embarrassing yourself (3 votes)
Put down the crack pipe and slowly walk away (5 votes)