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Emacs Survey 2022 - design

From: Timothy
Subject: Emacs Survey 2022 - design
Date: Tue, 17 May 2022 22:51:14 +0800
User-agent: mu4e 1.6.10; emacs 28.0.92


I’ve recently been chatting with Adrien Brochard (who ran the 2020 Emacs survey), and I’m pushing for a 2022 Emacs survey.

Even with detailed telemetry (urgh) it can be hard to understand the range of experiences and opinions users have. As such, particularly once we have past surveys to reference and some consistent questions, I see quite a bit of value in helping:

  1. Emacs developers,
  2. Emacs package developers/maintainers,
  3. The Emacs community itself

better understand the Emacs community.

Of course, this being a fiercely FOSS community, the situation with survey platforms leaves quite a bit to be desired. To resolve this issue, I spent some time last year writing a 100% FOSS, survey framework which is completely functional without any JS. I have attached some screenshots of it to this email.

It would be good to maximise the utility of the survey to the three groups mentioned earlier. In this vein I hope some of you, emacs-devel, would be willing to provide some feedback on the survey :)

Attached you may find the current draft survey questions, both as survey-questions.org file and the configuration file used by my survey framework, survey.jl. If you’d like, you can even try running the survey locally.

Lastly, if any of you would like to chat about this over IRC you can find me as “tecosaur” on libera.chat, and @tecosaur:matrix.org over on Matrix.

All the best,

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