I was not kidding, but I definitely expected reactions like yours. By the way, I just stumbled across your lottery thread. Well done!
Thank you, you're too kind. And the nice words totally offset you calling me predictable, so we're good
So basically what you're saying though, is that no one on this forum will voluntarily give any demographic information to the entrepreneurs that want to serve them? I highly doubt that. I for one am not as concerned about anonymity as I am about plausible deniability and traceability, but I digress. I guess we'll just hang our entrepreneurs out to dry for the time being and let them grope in the dark
Statistics of this nature may not even be very helpful for the bitcoin community, since there is no way to know whether a sample is actually representative.
I didn't mean to say no one will answer. I would answer the poll, but I'd just lie about the 'too personal' question that allow anyone that lays hands on this data (who controls it? how safe is it?) to gain leverage on me. Country? sure, there's 10 million here and it's a very small country, but age? Too specific. Suddenly it's 27k possibilities where I live, taking 365 days in a year into account. Add gender and it halves that. Gather some more data from the thread posts and you know who I am. No can do.
Many will answer because they feel it's a service to the community, getting to know our demographics, but is it? We're opening the door to exposing unknowing users to getting their details on the wild, and remember although we are not all zealots, we all should be aware of the real danger of, if this thing gets raided, things getting ugly for all that traded bitcoins. I don't live in the US (obviously) so I'll be safe, but is everyone else?
I'm not trying to convince you either way, but I'm not one of the 'crazy privacy freaks'... well, maybe I am, but still I just feel very uncomfortable when the unwanted disclosures that may hurt us are started from within the community itself, with the best intentions I'm sure, but that's just too much detail you're asking imho.