Re: Thanks, and a Brief Survey

On Fri, 2010-01-15 at 13:02 +0100, Philip Van Hoof wrote:
> They sharply illustrate that open source developers are far more
> pragmatic than certain people in the audience would like us to be.
The results show 38 % of people non involved with free software, there
should be a way to temporary remove their answer for analysis and see
the difference.

> I hope that the foundation board will learn from your surveys and will
> conduct them for most of the future foundation-board decisions too.

> I also hope the foundation board will respect the results of these
> surveys. The results are invaluable. 
The board should listen to the foundation members, without being blind
to the external world.  For them to get a better view, I am sure there
could be more statistically interesting ways to present the data (such
as coupling answers: is the answer to question View on Floss/1 different
per age group? per region of the world? per first language?).

As far as I remember from my stats classes, for surveys to be most
valuable, have to have a representative set of people filling it in.
Being an open form on the web, I believe it is hard to determine if the
people who completed the survey are the people we really want an opinion
from and if they are representative of the community.

Surveys can be useful, let's make sure they are done properly (if not
already). Anyone with a maths degree here to set me right? :)


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