Hi and Survey Help
I am here to ask any site / visitors / members if they could spare ten minutes or less to take part in my survey which is trying to investigate effective responsible gamlbing features. I really am a PhD student!! and I have set up an online survey which is trying to identify features which gamblers think would be useful for persons who feel that their gambling is becoming a problem. I am not asking you to take part in this survey because I have a problem with you guys, or that I think all gamblers are problem gamblers - it is because I think you might have a greater familiarity and understanding of useful features in a site than I do because you are more familiar with the internet gambling environment. Academics have suggested many features which they think are useful for problem gambling but this does not consider the opinions of people who take part in gambling. The survey is not perfect and the literature in my research explains some of the limitations - however it is one survey to cover many different kinds of online gambling. Any thoughts you may have - I would really appreciate hearing.
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Just to let anyone / everyone know - the responsible gambling features survey has received 402 responses in the last 50 days. Some interesting results but I would not like to pre-empt the conclusions just yet! Daveknows suggested that if I post in this forum - I might make myself dizzy and hit 1,000 responses (I live in hope!!). For anyone / everyone interested - the survey is live until mid July 2009.
I am a fellow PhD student and have no problem filling out your survey.
I think it might skew your results a bit though if you have a large number of people filling in the form from here, MSE , and rpoints.
I only bet to make a regular small profit, but the answers i have given would indicate i am a heavy gambler (betting everyday, etc). But in reality i am making sure i am making money from my bets - and Iwouldn't bet anywhere near as much if this was not the case.
Incidentally, if your phd is self funded this place is a good place to look for an extra source of income
Thanks very much for the post (oh no Rangers fan ..........) As you can imagine - this survey only forms part of my research method and the survey does have its limitations (which are discussed in the thesis). I am self-funding and very poor ........ - and I just want as many survey responses as possible. My main area of interest is your (any respondent's) views on not just responsible gambling - but the features such as self-exclusion (pointless if a player can just go to another site?), limits on time and money - that sort of thing. It is also totally anonymous - I dont have the skill to trace and tract survey participants!! So your information and survey responses are safe with me.
Let me tell you a little more about my work. The view of GA - that the only solution is abstinence has been considered carefully and is fully examined in my work - if not reflected in the survey (which forms only a part of my study). Gamblers are the lifeblood of casinos, online, offline, bookmakers, bingo, online and offline - the whole range. But there is all that classical theory stuff .... ethics, that stakeholders must be protected, CSR is of course a valuable component in business these days. Is being responsible in the gambling industry as profitable as being socially responsible in the coffee bean industry. A coffee buyer can buy coffee beans (I know I am going off the point here but bear with me.... ) for 24 (US cents) but coffee buyers can choose to pay approx $1.41 to $1.61 for Fairtrade coffee beans - knowing that at the price the farmer gets a fair price, can educate his children and replant the land (sustainable farming). Why pay 6 times as much for the coffee beans? Fairtrade coffee sales hit the half a billion pounds mark 2007-2008 - people wanted their coffee to be ethical, socially responsible. I am trying to examine these issues - particularly with relevance to the demand in the UK Gambling Act 2005 - that operators with a UK licence are socially responsible and promote responsible gambling. Part of my work indeed will look at the gambling industry and discuss whether this industry can and should be responsible. Can certain industries have no or little social responsibility? And then I bring in the focus of the 300,000 or so (give or take 100,000) players who are experiencing problems with their gambling - what - if anything can be done - will/do any of the responsible gambling features that are in use - work? If so - for who - If not - what can the indsutry do about it - seeing as they sign up to e-Cogra or the IGC - all industry groups advocating responsible gambling. So my survey may just be important to me - and it is not possible to discuss the theories contained in 200,000 words - but what i need is to hear comments like yours in my survey - and to consider everything I think (?) I know about my topic and offer conclusions and recommendations at the end of my work based upon what gamblers, ex-gamblers, social gamblers, problem gamblers, counsellors, family and friends of gamblers, etc etc say - and pay particular reference to academic studies - and see if there is agreement or significant differences Effective Responsible Gambling Features
I took the survey, do let us know how it goes and the results you get.
Have a plan and stick to it
Of course - results in Autumn 2009 - full works Xmas 2010 - pls keep the surveys coming
guess the responsible gambling moniker puts even more people off!!!
It keeps being repeated but inviting a load of bonus hunters to fill out a survey linked to a study on the effects of gambling just seems pointless - its going to completly invalidate your findings.
There's relatively little gambling going on here and at MSE its more like buying and selling a commodity (in this case the price offered by a book).
I posted on your thread at MSE, although it probably got lost in all the sarcastic posts there so you may not have noticed it
The basic gist of my post was that the people you're targeting at MSE and here are not the people that are likley to represent the people your research is interested in.
I don't speak for everyone on this site as there are some gamblers here, but on the whole we're not. We may be users of gambling sites, but most will only use a bookmaker if they have an offer that we can exploit for a guaranteed profit (you'd need to understand the whole concept of matched betting to know why, but in summary it's to do with buying a bet from a bookmaker and selling it to another punter via a betting exchange BUT then getting a free bet thant you can then 'sell' on to get you a profit). For that reason we are opportunists who can get a profit whatever the outcome of an event. It only happens to be bookmakers that are being exploited because they are the ones who offer these bonuses on a regular basis.
It may as well be supermarkets offering milk at 2-for-1 as long as we can sell the milk to someone else and guarantee a profit.
Because of this we like bookies that use ploys to attract problem gambers. We also like casinos that encourage you to gamble large amounts regularly as long as they offer a bonus which we know is mathematicaly likley to profit the gambler rather than the casino in the long run. Not falling into the trap of placing bets when there isn't a bonus on offer to give a certain profit is what diffrentiates us from gamblers.
From a purely profit driven point of view it does not matter whether a bet wins or loses, as long as we make a profit (or at least don't lose money) either way.
I'm still not going to fill in your survey as I don't want to spoil what could be useful research. If everyone here and at MSE fillied it in you'd think that a disproportionately large number of people think that bookies that offer big bonuses, reload bonuses, don't stop you when you've lost £5000 in a day and dont limit how much you carry on spending are the best way to stop people getting addicted to gambling
Lazza, I got carried away with the thanks on that post, you've just summed up what I tried to say earlier but ended up killing my post because I couldn't phrase it properly... and generally summed up what matched betting is about in layman terms extremely well - same way I've done in the past actually, buying and selling bets for a profit is what I do (bet liability to be precise, buy it off someone cheaply on betfair and sell it on at a higher price to the bookie).
Originally Posted by lazza_w
Carjaw - I found myself starting out to answer the survey but found all of the questions quite irrelevant to my situation and so stopped and closed the browser, sorry! I didn't want to spoil your results, I mostly answered 'strongly disagree' and until I read lazza's post I couldn't really sum up why I was answering that way - most of the questions are targeted at problem gamblers and I'm not a problem gambler!
I really empathize with your cause though and do wish you all the luck in the world, but it might be best to target perhaps those that are recovering addicts of gambling if you can? As lazza says above more or less, the majority of users on here are essentially bargain hunters and the only problem they have regards responsible gambling is that the bookmakers aren't responsible enough to keep their lines in order and tend to limit the user instead of limiting the lines.
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