Learning the hard way.
It proved to be quite difficult to find my spam posts so far and i realised how much planning matters for science. I didn't find all, but i managed to find most i think for the key peaks. All in all once i had a closer look i think i don't really have much to show up apart from the fact that spamming does work to some extent.
The peaks do correlate to dates when i was more active on space.com. That isn't anything interesting though.
At the moment i can only do back of the envelope calculations using some basic information i have here collected from the views and the poll, and using space.com.
375000 people liked space.com. I am assuming they all are interested in space travel and the industry behind it.
Maximum 670 out of those people viewed my profile so far. I will assume all those represent one person. This will over estimate the amount of people who actually care enough to check out new projects in the industry.
Out of those 30 filled out the poll.
3 thinks its a stupid idea. 10%
4 thinks it is an interesting idea, but don't want to play a role. 13%
11 would like to play some role, but don't want to contribute with funds. 36%
12 would like to play a role and would like to contribute funds. 40%
Now since contributing with funds is only a latter part of the project and people might change their mind if the project takes off, i will put the two categories into one.
This means 76% of the people who filled out the poll would be interested enough in a project like this to try and contribute in whatever way they can.
That looks very promising.
But then out of 375000 only a maximum amount of 670 people visited and checked out the project. That of course depends on how many people visit space.com regularly. Also out of those regulars, how many people actually read the comments at the bottom of the articles. Then out of those how many people react "positively" to spam and check out links posted there.
So this bit doesn't look promising, but i can assign that to the fact that i suck at web design, and also developing and promoting ideas.
The poll itself was put on the site around 200 views but i will ignore this. If the poll is a representative sample of the people who viewed the site, then we should have 509 people (maximum) at this stage who would like to contribute to this project.
Now compared to that we have 30 people who bothered to fill out the poll.
Now if i look at these numbers these things pop straight out at me:
I suck at science.
I suck at communication.
I suck at web design.
I will definitely need to improve those if i want to engage and gather a core group of people to start seriously working on the project.
I will try and find sources for figuring out how many people are globally interested in space travel.
And i guess i should wait for the end of the poll date to get a better idea of the current state of the "crowd".
As far as i can tell at the moment, we are dispersed, focused on a whole lot of different projects, or are completely inactive.
I don't know if that needs changing, or could be changed. I don't know if people want to do more, or could do more.
I just think we could, and we should.