[Wiki Loves Monuments] Feedback for survey questions

WereSpielChequers werespielchequers at gmail.com
Mon Oct 8 14:23:22 UTC 2012

Hi Tomasz

I wasn't aware of previous surveys to WLM participants, I was thinking of
previous surveys of Wikipedians and Wikimedians. One key finding has been
that people volunteer because they enjoy doing so, and that it is the most
important motive for our community.

As for survey length, I wouldn't be too concerned about the length as long
as the questions are interesting and relevant to the participants, and
crucially they don't have to put the survey on hold and ask someone else
before answering a particular question (I didn't spot such problems in your
survey but generally the longer a survey the greater the risk that someone
asks such a question).


On 8 October 2012 15:13, Tomasz W. Kozłowski <odder.wiki at gmail.com> wrote:

> (Note: this is a general answer to both Els's and WSC's comments.)
> @Els: I think that this is a good idea to change the second answer
> into the one you suggested, so I went ahead and did so (it now reads:
> "I took the pictures between October 2011 and August 2012").
> I also agree with your other suggestion (and I think it was also
> brought up by Jane, too) of adding the willingness-to-share option, so
> we now have 5 possible answers for Q9 (+ an "Other" option).
> While preparing this survey, I've been reading some great survey tips
> from a Harvard University researched, David S. Walonick, who suggested
> that you should not present people with more than 5 choices for an
> answer, because it makes the survey/questionnaire too long and boring
> for the respondents, and I would like to stick to that suggestion. (It
> was also he who suggested to include a confidentiality/anonimity
> policy that I wrote down in the introduction.)
> I am not sure how you know that "It was fun!" was a major motive that
> people chose in our previous survey(s), because I can't remember the
> 2011 survey results ever being published publicly (due to us not
> having the manpower to work on them). Perhaps you were talking about
> different surveys that I don't know about?
> I am also not sure if asking people questions about placing the images
> on Wikipedia or using the Quality images process actually fits in the
> scope of this survey; this is a hard-core Wikipedian's job, and I
> doubt that the new users we try to reach with this survey even know
> how to place an image into an article, or what a Quality image is.
> Question Y is included in our survey as Q15, and as for Question Z, I
> don't think that this survey is the right place to ask it. We might do
> so, but I would very, very much like us to limit ourselves to 20
> questions; the survey cannot be too long, and it's already much longer
> than the one we used last year.
> In any case, thanks a lot for your comments; I appreaciate them very much.
> --
> Tomasz W. Kozłowski
> a.k.a. [[user:odder]]
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