Q: Okay, what was the point of this?
A: To find out what makes certain ships outlast others. It is also a way to see how shipping changes through time - do old ships get outclassed by newer ships, or are they truly timeless? It is also a tool in which to see, out of the hundreds of ships, which are the most popular and why
they are popular.
Q: Why only heterosexual, couple ships? That really excludes those of us who like homosexual/poly ships!
A: I understand that, however, as hard as it is to bear, most homosexual or poly ships do not last throughout the ages, and so they are moot in this study. Sorry.
This goes for COTD ships, and other characters that have no long-lasting position in the anime.
Q: Why no manga?
A: Well, first and foremost, I'm not very familiar with the manga. And second, manga ships still pale in comparison with anime ships in terms of longevity and popularity. Sorry, again.
Q: Why is *insert shipping* on the list?
A: Because it has demonstrated, through either fanwork, thread liveliness or by various polls, that it is still insanely popular, even if it is old or very new.
Q: So, basically, these are all Ash ships...
A: It would appear that Ash is a member of most of these ships, but it seems his being the main human character of the series would warrant him a lot of ships that have an edge in becoming timeless. Again, sorry. I'm not the one rolling the dice, here.
Q: Why is your experience the only one being questioned in terms of the popularity of ships?
A: I run both the Fic Catalog and the Request shop, so I'm constantly aware of which ships have the most attention and which fade into oblivion. I've been an active mod, so I've personally experienced the rise and fall of ships through the ages. And to top it all off, I've been doing those things for 10 years. Plus, I made the thread. XD
Q: Well, I used to like Pokeshipping back when it was big, but now I wouldn't consider it an OTP like I used to. Should I still put it on the poll?
A: No, absolutely not. If you don't care about a ship you used to like, then it has no place in this poll. Please pick only the ships you'd stay up way past your bed time to read a fanfiction for, today.
Q: I wouldn't consider Contestshipping an OTP, but I've done almost everything on that list in the past, and I'm still active in the thread. Should I put it on the poll?
A: Yes - you obviously still care about the ship, and you've invested yourself and your time into it beyond nodding your head in understanding of it.
Q: I'm a die-hard Advanceshipper that finds that they also like Contestshipping! Should I put them both down, even though they're rival ships/have a shared character?
A: Yes, this isn't a competition to see who's most popular. Given that they are on the poll means they are both equally popular. Also, all ships are considered separate from each other.
Q: Do I need to answer all of the questions on the questionaire?
A: I would like you to, to the best of your ability. You need to answer at least one of them in order for your vote to count, though.
Q: Are you going to infract me if I do something wrong?
A: No, I'm not that much of a jerk. XD I just want everyone to answer as truthfully as possible, because that will get us the very best results.
Q: When is the poll closing?
A: In 60 days. Lots of time to gather your thoughts and give me some great answers.
Q: What will become of all of this?
A: Graphs! Lovely, beautiful graphs we can really pull apart and analyze and find out the mysteries of Pokemon shipping! Together!
Q: You're starting to sound like a scientist with all this "study" mumbo jumbo...
A: That's because, come May, I will be one!
Seriously, no joke!