DPRPoll 2004

In the annual poll DPRP gives its readers the opportunity to tell us what they think of the pages in general and how they rate the various sub-pages. We also ask for suggestions of improvements. This part of the DPRPoll Results looks into that evaluation.

Visits per Month

The average number of visitors per day increased from 2826 in 2003 to 3076 in 2004!
Below you can find the table of how often the poll participants visit DPRP:

Visits ? Participants Percentage 2004
Daily or more than once a day708.1%
Almost every day11813.6%
4 or 5 times a week12814.7%
2 or 3 times a week18921.7%
Once a week13815.9%
Once to 3 times a month687.8%
Hardly ever364.1%
No Opinion12214.0%

Rating of DPRP

We asked the participants to give an overall rating of DPRP on a scale from one (very bad) to ten (excellent). On average, the pages got a rating of 8.6, slightly lower than last year's 8.8.

Let's have a look at how the people felt DPRP had changed in 2004:

Change ? Participants Percentage 2004Percentage 2003Percentage 2002Percentage 2001
It has improved a lot !414.7%14.7%5.9%12.1%
It has improved a bit27331.4%45.6%37.0%42.9%
It stayed the same33038.0%28.8%38.3%27.6%
It got worse232.6%2.0%3.4%3.2%
It got seriously worse!20.2%N/AN/AN/A
No Opinion20023.0%8.9%15.5%13.9%

DPRP would like to thank both people who said the site got seriously worse in 2004. One rated each individual section with 10 out of 10 and suggested we should get an active messageboard for sharing information. He did rate the current forum with a 10 though, so we are still guessing in which department our site got seriously worse for him. The second person rated DPRP with 8 out of 10 and had no suggestions on how to get seriously better again. We'll do our best, ok?
Fortunately of the 23 people who felt DPRP got a bit worse over the past year most gave helpful hints on how to improve the site. (see below).

Evaluation of the Various Sub-Pages

Below you can find how the participants of the poll evaluated the various sections of DPRP:

PageRating 2004Rating 2003Rating 2002Rating 2001Rating 2000
News8.08.48.68.48.1
CD & DVD Reviews8.78.68.68.58.5
(NL) Gig Guide7.59.28.17.98.1
Concert Reviews7.68.67.77.57.5
Forum7.1N/A6.96.76.8
Specials7.78.88.07.88.1
Counting Out Time7.98.28.68.48.7
Forgotten Sons7.48.08.07.6N/A
Competitions 8.08.3N/AN/AN/A
Puzzles 7.4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Releases 7.77.87.77.87.8
Prog Links7.98.18.18.28.3
Update Mailing List8.38.58.88.68.7

Last Year's Wish List

Last year we asked the participants what should be improved or changed about DPRP. The most mentioned remarks were:

  • More Counting Out Time (mentioned 23 x)
  • International Gigguides (mentioned 18 x)
  • General content and types of music reviewed (mentioned 14 x)
  • less focus on prog metal (mentioned 13 x)
  • More critical reviews/lower ratings (mentioned 12 x)

Well... what can we say... we didn't really manage to improve items one and two on last year's feedback. It has been our sincerest intention to re-instate Counting Out Time and update it with the 20-odd albums we still feel that need to be added, however, it seems time isn't really our best friend these days, and if there is one thing you need to write Counting Out Time articles it is time. Maybe in 2005, though no more promises this time!

International Gigguides is a different story. Time isn't so much an issue, but rather lack of someone to maintain such a section is. For two years we mentioned we needed someone in this poll evaluation, we even ran a vacancies page on the site for a while, but not one single person has applied for the job in these two years. Perhaps the job terms are not interesting enough? Flexible hours, eternal fame, free entrance to gigs every once in a while, and not to mention tons of happy poll voters!
As usual, applications can be sent to the usual address.

As for the content of our CD reviews and general content of the site, this was also explained in last year's poll evaluation: it is difficult to keep everyone happy. We try to provide a range of music as broad as is possible within our power, and if this means that we cover a type of music that someone doesn't like, so be it - there will be someone else who does like it!
A shift in focus of progmetal was also mentioned last year and we tried to please the prog-haters by collecting the prog metal reviews into review specials, making them easier to avoid. It seems to have worked, as only four people complained about the excess of prog metal in this year's poll. But at the same time, there were also four people complaining we didn't pay enough attention to prog metal this year, so it just goes to show that one man's thrash is another man's gold.

Improving DPRP

This year the participants in the DPRPoll 2004 mentioned the following things most often as potential areas for improvement.

  • International Gigguides (mentioned 17 x)
  • More News (mentioned 16 x)
  • General content and types of music reviewed (mentioned 12 x)
  • More Counting Out Time (mentioned 12 x)

As you can see, this year's feedback was quite similar to last year's, so most issues have already been dealt with above.

As for the newspage, we hope that has been solved already. There was a serious dip in updates when News-editor Derk couldn't find the time to maintain the section anymore and had to quit. However, the page has been up and running again for a good six months, and is currently maintained by not one, but three people, resulting in three times as much news!

The International Gigguides have been dealt with above. But for repetition's sake: we need someone to maintain such a guide. If you feel you can spend a couple of hours a week watching German, French, British, American or other gigguides, PLEASE DROP US A LINE!

In addition to the items mentioned above, 55 people gave us nothing but praise, and we are happy to know that the positive still outweighs the negative. Means we're doing something right still, and we intend to keep it that way. See you next year!


Click here to return to the DPRPoll 2004 mainpage.

Click here if you wish to see the full results of the poll.

Click here if you also want to see the list of prizes and winners.

You can also check out what the DPRP Team voted for themselves.

For comments about the poll, please e-mail The DPRP Team.


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