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I'm in the process of experimenting with river detection in paragraphs and as part of the research I would like to get a questionaire filled out by TeX users (and perhaps users of other systems).

So I was wondering if posing a community question or so (with a link to the questionaire) would be a good and acceptable way to reach hopefully a good number of people.

Any thoughts or alternative advice?

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    We could also write a blog post with a link to a Google form. :) – Paulo Cereda Mar 8 '16 at 18:02
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    I think Paulo's suggestion is great. The question would be too time-specific and wouldn't be worth saving for posterity on a Q&A site. But a blog post is the perfect medium. – Seamus Mar 9 '16 at 13:56
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    Not to mention that a questionnaire is usually many questions -- also not a good fit for a single question on the site :-) @PauloCereda's blog-suggestion is perfect. – Sean Allred Mar 9 '16 at 21:37
  • As far as i understand, the questionaire is downloadable somewhere and you want to spread the word about it. Blog-post here, a note on the mailing usual lists and others will pick it up and get the information even further. – Johannes_B Mar 10 '16 at 9:25
  • yes it is being available separately (eventually) I haven't actually done it yet - only experimented), it is going to be google forms which will work well for it as I need to show real pictures for people to evaluate. so yes blog post is certainly a good option - basically the more people actualy do the questionaire in the end the better (even if done over a long period of time. So in that sense it is long living which is why I thought it be good to show up if people search for "rivers" on SX – Frank Mittelbach Mar 10 '16 at 10:49
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    @PauloCereda : unfortunately, the open-source and free alternative to google form, framaforms, is not yet ready, but it should be in May. It rests on webform and is a part of a large attempt to De-google-ify Internet. I thought it could be of interest to all the freedom-lovers ;-). – Clément Mar 10 '16 at 15:51
  • @Clément: ooh that sounds very interesting! Thanks for the link! – Paulo Cereda Mar 10 '16 at 16:31
  • Perhaps meta isn't a bad place to advertise... any chance you could a link here to your questionnaire? ;) I for one would be happy to fill it in... – drevicko Mar 12 '16 at 8:50
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    I'd also really like to do such a questionnaire for biblatex users to have some data on which to base some development decisions. SurveyMonkey allows free questionnaires which are very good. – PLK Mar 14 '16 at 23:46
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    If I understand the system correctly, it should also be possible to create a community ad that links to the survey or the blog post. That might generate greater visibility than a blog post alone. – Jake Mar 15 '16 at 6:25
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    I have a small survey for biblatex online now - what would be the best way to make people aware of this on TSE? Is there a consensus on this yet? – PLK Mar 15 '16 at 11:40
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    @PLK: Let us write a blog post! – Paulo Cereda Mar 16 '16 at 19:15
  • Ok, how do we do that? I've never done it ... – PLK Mar 16 '16 at 19:49
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    @mirabilos what's so privacy invasive about it if you don't set it up that a google account is needed? no more than posting on SX in my opinion. – Frank Mittelbach Mar 25 '16 at 7:32
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    Here is a link to a SurveyMonkey survey for biblatex: surveymonkey.com/results/SM-SS65DP7S – PLK Apr 2 '16 at 19:45

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