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Re: Emacs Survey 2022 - design
Re: Emacs Survey 2022 - design
Sun, 02 Oct 2022 16:06:21 +0000
Timothy <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Hi All,
> If any of you are wondering what happened to this, it has not been forgotten
> about! My very competitive todo list just pushed this on the backburner for a
> I’m returning to this now though, and hopefully will start testing the
> deployment and promoting the survey shortly (probably over the next few
First of all, I'd just like to thank you once more for taking it on
yourself to organise this! I am looking forward to seeing the results!
> If anybody has last-minute “I really think you should change/add/remove this
> question” feedback, now would be the time to mention it. I think the current
> state of affairs is fairly decent though, and I don’t think it would be worth
> bikeshedding the questions 😛 — we can always refine/improve next year.
> The current set of questions:
We have already been discussing this in private, but I'd like to re-post
it here for others to comment on:
> Philip Kaludercic writes:
>> I remember that “residence” was at least one more option that was
>> discussed, and I still think that it is preferable to nationality.
> Why? It seems like a worse option to me.
>> doesn’t even have need to be that precise, it could be something like
>> the UN geoscheme, i.e. the following:
>> - Eastern Africa
>> - Middle Africa
>> - Northern Africa
>> - Southern Africa
>> - Western Africa
>> - Caribbean
>> - Central America
>> - Northern America
>> - South America
>> - Central Asia
>> - Eastern Asia
>> - South-eastern Asia
>> - Southern Asia
>> - Western Asia
>> - Eastern Europe
>> - Northern Europe
>> - Southern Europe
>> - Western Europe
>> - Australia and New Zealand
>> - Melanesia
>> - Micronesia
>> - Polynesia
>> Optionally some regions like “North America” and “Eastern Europe” could
>> be subdivided. This gives us an approximation of where Emacs users
>> found, instead of what countries they might or might not have been born
> Nationality isn’t which country you’re born in, but the country you
For someone like me this is a meaningless question, and I don't think I
am alone here. Again, what I am wondering is what the question's intent
is. Maybe I am missing something but finding out what the association
is between Emacs usage/behaviour and residence seems more interesting
than national identity.
It might also be that the entire question and anything related to it is
pointless to begin with...
> With regards to survey promotion, I’m thinking it would be good to mention
> as widely as possible to try to reach a diverse range of respondents. If other
> people might have ideas on how to effectively share this survey around, that
> would be great.
It will probably be best to mention in the usual places (the mailing
lists, IRC, Emacs news, r*ddit, HN, image boards, etc.) with an explicit call
to share it among friends and colleagues that also use Emacs but perhaps
don't follow "recent events".
Anything beyond that will probably be a waste of time.
> All the best,