I think that its safe to say that most or all of us have voted in the poll threads that pop up now and again. I was just thinking that those are common response polls, meaning that you choose to be in the survey, not the other way around. From a statistics point of view, we cant trust these polls. Sure, they may give us some indication of the question at hand, but for some of these questions I'd like to know, with a reasonable degree of certainty, what the distributions are.
For example, What percent of us like to wet and or mess our diapers. What percent of us consider AB/DLism sexual or emotional.
If this is something people are interested in here's how I think we should do it:
1. A margin of error should be established.
2. from the margin of error (MOE) we determine the sample size
3. participants in a study are selected by assigning every member a number (each number has to have the same number of digits so if there are 20,000 members then #1 will read 00001 and #20000 will read 20000)
4. we use a random number generator to create what we call a simple random sample, a sample in which each sample of size 'n' has and equal probability of being selected.
5. once the subjects of the study are established, the mods message them with a survey, which of course anyone may refuse to answer.
After the results are in, we can really see what the distributions look like.