Re: GNOME user survey 2011 (v5)

On Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 7:46 PM, Jason D. Clinton <me jasonclinton com> wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 6, 2011 at 15:38, Felipe Contreras
> <felipe contreras gmail com> wrote:
>> Unfortunately, it seems this is
>> not going to be blessed by GNOME, and only allows 10
>> questions in the free version. I haven't found a better free online
>> survey, and unless somebody offers hosting for this survey, it would
>> have to be limited.
> Google Docs Spreadsheets has a survey system built in to it called
> Forms. It allows anonymous respondents.

Actually, it will be hosted on Phoronix.

>> One problem raised was the issue of self-selection bias, of course,
>> without any suggestions to get rid of it.
> That's false. I gave you two strategies:
>> You can mitigate this problem by
>> offering a survey that appears to have nothing to do with the subject
>> matter that you're really looking for an answer on so that you get a
>> truly random sampling of Linux users. You also must be careful not to
>> recruit people to take the survey from communities which will contain
>> angry people. For example, going to forums to find people to take a
>> survey automatically selectively biases from people who were likely
>> there to solve some kind of problem and are so already in a particular
>> state of mind.[1]

Those "strategies" are unactionable. In this interconnected world one
cannot choose who doesn't get a piece of information.

> And you still haven't addressed the biased question phrasing in
> questions 2 and 3.

Yes I have, according to the suggestions proposed. I you have a
suggestion, go ahead.

Felipe Contreras

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