After conducting research using both surveys and interviews, it was found that nearly 90% of the WoW community uses at least one AddOn. Also, although there is a definite correlation between the length of time one has played WoW and one's usage of AddOns, it appears that there are still exceptions to this. One player with several high leveled characters (including one lvl 85) responded with, "I don't do that because I find the game simple enough already, and easy enough to use already, I have no thoughts of my own of what would make it better" when asked about what reasons they have to abstain from the use of AddOns.
Please leave your opinions on the findings of this study.
I'm summarizing your results as most people use addons, you're more likely to use addons the longer you've been playing and some people really don't see the point or are against them for various reasons. As someone who has been playing the game and reading forums for quite some time this is not news to me. Asking for an opinion on this is similar to asking my opinion on the sky being blue most of the time. It's not controversial and your results aren't that surprising. So my opinion on your findings can basically be summed up as 'Meh'.
Now for the bolded part, I have 6 level 85s. Just having a max level toon does not give much information about your involvement with the game. It's very easy to level, that doesn't mean you have a deep interest in the game. My first character to level 60 I was enjoying the game but I didn't really have any goals. I didn't use addons (omg scary out of game things, seems like cheating to me) and I didn't read forums, I was playing for the simple experience of playing with no real desire to make the most of my character. Without knowing a persons play style it is difficult to discern if they are genuinely against addons or if they are simply not doing activities which addons provide an advantage in. Yes it is possible to raid without addons, but the right addons will make you more efficient by giving you easier access to information and abilities. If you mainly play on your own or in 5-mans then addons will not provide any noticeable benefit. How much of the game you have/want to experience is probably another factor in addon use apart from time played.
Firstly, thanks for clarifying the whole instructor-giving-us-this-rather-unpleasant-assignment-with-some-of-the-most-cynical-people-on-the-planet issue. And yes, I in fact DID NOTICE that everyone is fed up w the half-assed attempts at research this "looks good on paper" class has created. Now please, if you have no real opinion on the matter, please get off my thread.
This is a community, if your instructor was any good at their job they should have given you some paper on ethics of online research before sending you out here to annoy people and receive negative responses. I'm afraid I can't think of the specific researcher I have in mind off the top of my head, but he was looking at Usenet forums and basically found out that people don't like researchers crashing on their party. If you'd spent some time lurking on the forum before posting then you may have been able to make a better first impression. Would you walk up to a group of strangers in a pub and say "Hey, I did a study on alcohol consumption and found x result, what do you guys think"? If not, why do you think it's acceptable to do simply because you're online?
Bolded part again, people are entitled to post whatever they want in response to whoever they want. If it is innapropriate it will be dealt with by a) the admins or b) the community rating them down. Asking people to GTFO because they are not talking about what you want to hear about is not going to help your situation. You seem awfully defensive and also seem to think that people here should be moderating their behaviour to fit in with your needs. A nicer way to ask that would be something like "I understand you are annoyed with the influx of research related posts, but I'd appreciate it if people discussed the addon topic", you might not get any better response but at least you would seem less antagonistic.
setup for a "Holey Cow" joke
Sorry, I was busy thinking that their innards would fall out. It's too early for me to be thinking properly.