For the most part, I won't be participating.
First, please please PLEASE remember that these people, even the most pleasant and polite ones, are not your friends. I'm sure there are some ethical ones out there, but you'll never learn either way just by reading their posts.
Some years ago, a reporter, (I say "reporter" these days because true journalists are hard to find), interviewed a friend of mine. He was young, good-looking, and extremely charming. She thought that because they "clicked" during the interview, the story would be well-written and give her a fair say. In the end, it was a mean, mean, nasty story that basically blamed her activism for recent pertussis outbreaks, (have these people read a single SENTENCE about the pertussis outbreaks not being caused by the unvaxxed??? ), and pretty much butchered her position. These people are not your friends. They lord power over you because they control the tone and spin of what they write.
Second, academics are not your friends. They can control and even spin their studies into the message that they wish to convey. Only in rare, if any, circumstances will they publish something that does NOT have a pro-compliance agenda.
There is study after study after study about how best to manipulate us. Expect countless others. I, for one, refuse to help facilitate this objective. If you're tempted to help a researcher, dig, dig, dig for information. What are the funding sources? What is the hypothesis? Specifically which contributions does the researcher hope to make to the broader body of knowledge on vaccines?
With polls, remember that MDC members cannot produce very generalizable results. At most, you can conclude that X% of MDC users on a remote sub-forum believe Y. A pollster might be able to generalize to other forums.....without realizing that a lot of the same people belong to them with different user names. Unless Gallop or Harris is conducting it, be leery of polls. Rarely do they produce scientific results. It will also depend on who is polling. I'm not going to help the CDC, for example.
Now there are occasions in which I'd participate. I would help with a randomized public opinion poll from a reputable pollster on vaccine-related policy. I would help the right scientists solve the mystery of, for example, causality in vaccine reactions.
Have these past couple of weeks taught you anything? Under what circumstances, my dear little lab rats , will you be responding to the many reporters, researchers, and pollsters who come to MDC?