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. :) Mar 8, 2016 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, 2016 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. Mar 9, 2016 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, 2016 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 Mar 10, 2016 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, 2016 at 15:51
  • @Clément: ooh that sounds very interesting! Thanks for the link! Mar 10, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 at 11:40
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    @PLK: Let us write a blog post! Mar 16, 2016 at 19:15
  • Ok, how do we do that? I've never done it ...
    – PLK
    Mar 16, 2016 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. Mar 25, 2016 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, 2016 at 19:45


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