How to Tell When It's Time to Shut Up

A WINNER HAS BEEN SELECTED!!  

Again, the prize is a signed copy of my book “Curse of the Masking-Tape Mummy.”  

As with last week, to enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this comic (How to Know When It’s Time to Shut Up). As with last week, the winner will be selected at random on Thursday morning (Feb 16th).  Again, as with last week, I will ask a question that you can, but are not obligated to, answer. I’m told this is a valuable opportunity to gather demographic data about my readers, so my question this week is as follows.

“What demographic data about you should I be trying to gather?”

I look forward to your suggestions.

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Reader Comments (334)

You should figure out if we're lactose intolerant so you can write your comics accordingly. Sometimes they just have too much dairy.

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Cheat

Hmm, maybe the demographic data you want is: how much of our detailed demographic data do we believe has already been collected by our ISPs and browsers, and how much do we think your publishers would pay for it?

I recently filled out a detailed survey about my entire family in the hopes of getting some coupons for laundry soap, so I cannot judge. :)

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrobin

The comments you're bound to receive as they relate to this comic remind me of an older one:

http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2011/4/14/how-to-run-a-joke-into-the-ground.html

Maybe I'm wrong and BI readers aren't that predictable.

Maybe.

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy

My answer:

How often we visit the site every week. That way, you'll know who's hardcore.

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRowan

THE DETAILS ARE UNIMPORTANT!

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

I guess it should be hair color.

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I guss the it would be interesting to find out what percentage of your readers are female, my guess less than 7.5%

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterseldomseen

Um... Stuff.

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSean

demographic data eh? well i have 2 kids, am 41 years old and household income of approx 75k a year, which is workable only because I live in Iowa, and I don't always drink beer but when I do it is American, cheap, cold and flavorless. Been reading the comic for over 3 years both here on the blog and on my goComics feed (I like the comments so much, I read both sets)

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkschobert

Based on this mind blowing article:

http://deadspin.com/5424415/sitters-vs-standers--the-great-wipe-hope

You should be asking whether we sit or stand.

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDave

P3nis extension cream, does it work?

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermandydog

Hair length

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBlaine Moore

This comic is not as funny as the one that was funnier.

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaul B

Well, one of the most obvious pieces of business data would seem to be our proclivity (or willingness) to purchase your books and shirts.

For a technical level which web-browser we use could be interesting to look at (before being completely discarded because it's useless), though, thinking about it that could be a good comic similar to your "How to choose a smartphone" one.

Also, asking us what our favorite strips are would let you put together a "best of" coffee table book, which would net you more money be re-recycling your existing work.

A fun one might be what conventions we attend so you could decide what would be worth it to go to as well.

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Slice

How about this - Are you a Demograph, Republishing or Independspants?

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdaken

You should be finding out how many of your readers are bald guys with goatees. And if so, how many of said bald guys with goatees have used your comic as a facebook profile picture.

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdavid

Here are some relavent demographics from me:
Five.
No.
Only occasionally if it has chocolate on it.

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDB

NGAAA!!!

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIntrigued

The most valuable demographic data is the number of readers who are currently using 12345 as their password AND the combination of their luggage. Knowing their addresses might be helpful as well.

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDougJ

Obviously, you should be asking us our height.

Good luck, Scott!

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDT

I want a book!

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

I love the link. For those who haven't taken the time it is worth checking it out. It's brief and well stated about people you initially like but eventually avoid.

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

"Are you often startled in a room full of fish?"

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterZoltan

"silence"

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDuric

This should help you figure out how unwilling we are to answer survey questions seriously.

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commentervandermonde

Dogs. or Cats. Or both.

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterClumber

You should be collecting whether we set the toilet paper to roll over, or under.

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNate L

A useful demographic to collect from your readers is the age we act (vs our actual age). I'd suspect we skew low. :P

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNate T

My answer is: yes.

Oh God, do I have to explain it??

It means I think asking our opinion on what demographic data you should be trying to gather is a good enough demographic-data-gathering.

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBruno

Do you ever show up at conventions like ComicCon?

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdoppleganger

I like chocolate!

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric L

What kind of demographic data from us coudl you possibly want to know that you don't know already? I mean we're skewed toward middle-aged, overweight men with impeccable senses of humor and taste who probably buy too many electronic gadgets on impulse.

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermuaddba

I would ask how many of your readers are single women in the Denver area who like to date guys who comment on web comics.

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterST

Ask how many people have shaved their heads and grown a goatee since finding your comic.

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Dude

Through Facebook I'm pretty sure you can pull my HID (That's Heavenly Identification, given to your soul at the time of the creation of the universe. Don't ask for the card, the line is killer.), and my shoe size. Both of these will be necessary when you purchase my soul. (Cheesy pun drum crash)

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterZach

Location and Spending Habits.

I mean, if you knew what I spend my money on, then you could tailor your product to suit my tastes more (not that it needs more tailoring of course)

By the way, I love Jenkins, his strips are the best.

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTodd

Well, actually THE DETAILS ARE UNIMPORTANT !

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrimgrim

How many of us would be willing to have sexy time with you?

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterObscure

SSN, credit card number, and PIN. Or rather, gullibility.

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLMR

You should ask, "Toilet paper -- over or under?"

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark

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