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Is this survey for established editors or all people that read or otherwise use the various foundation projects? FloNight 16:48, 29 September 2007 (UTC)[reply]

It should be for all people, not just established editors (though it does not appear to be now). Cbrown1023 talk 20:51, 8 October 2007 (UTC)[reply]


Is the purpose of this census the collection of demographic data or the asking of silly open-ended hypothetical questions? --Jeffrey O. Gustafson 20:31, 8 October 2007 (UTC)[reply]

It should be the former. Just to get a feel for who uses/edits our projects. Cbrown1023 talk 20:37, 8 October 2007 (UTC)[reply]
Yes, questions like the one about a Congress of Representatives are completely inappropriate. This census shouldn't be about trying to find a consensus for new policies. --Tango 13:37, 16 November 2007 (UTC)[reply]
I have boldly removed all questions not related to the collection of demographic data. Please discuss here if you disagree with my action. Mike R 15:47, 16 November 2007 (UTC)[reply]
Well done. I agree that the Congress question was out of line. They shouldn't be posted unless consensus is achieved here first. - Mtmelendez (Talk) 16:46, 16 November 2007 (UTC)[reply]
agreed Symode09 00:34, 17 November 2007 (UTC)[reply]

How will it be held?[edit]

How will the census be done? There needs to be some way to do it privately, because most people won't want to volunteer their income publicly. Have you considered something similar to the survey I ran for the Wikipedia Signpost? The devs might be able to help with something like that; I could as well, but I think it's something that might be better handled on the Wikimedia servers. Ral315 (talk) 09:30, 23 October 2007 (UTC)[reply]


Would it be appropriate to ask the representatives listed here to link to their respective usernames at the project they represent? This would allow other users to contact them at the relevant projects and would also serve as confirmation that they're actively participating in the census. - Mtmelendez (Talk) 17:09, 16 November 2007 (UTC)[reply]

To answer all your questions[edit]

Yes, it is meant to only collect demographic data, yes, there may be a few other questions added in about the project a user is working on (but only a few major things not, "do you like our sidebar" or something dodge like that. Yes, it will be created like the link above, I have the software working - all I need is the questions. I am waiting to have my toolserv account reset-up but, it is taking ages, currently it is on my own servers. Symode09 00:33, 17 November 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Wikimedian Demographics on Wikiversity[edit]

I had started v:Wikimedian Demographics several months ago, but then abandoned it when the Census was announced to see how things went with this. Since the Census seems to have stalled, I re-started it, and think it might make a good alternative to what was attempted here.

The Wikiversity resource operates differently than the Census, using templates, categories, and response boxes (modified userboxes) to gather, display, and organize the data. The categories in particular can eventually be used to create interpretations of the results (in the short term, users can make their own interpretations using DynamicPageList, which is enabled on Wikiversity).

The scope of Wikiversity may also serve as a benefit for attracting participants, since survey templates can be created for any subject, rather than only subjects that pertain exclusively to the Wikimedia Foundation's wikis. Thus surveys and data can be used to address subjects of interest to various segments of the community beyond just those who are interested in the wikis themselves. For example, one of the initial surveys asks about the US presidential primaries, and we expect to eventually see surveys about everything from global politics to music preference to education level. In many cases, surveys can be tied to content improvement efforts as well (e.g., the Presidential election survey asks participants to rate Wikipedia articles, and so on).

I'm planning to start "announcing" these on the various village pumps and other fora over the next 3 days or so. If anyone has ideas on adding more surveys to the mix to start, please chip in! --SB_Johnny|talk|books 11:56, 21 January 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Mark as historical?[edit]

It seems this page is abandoned and the project was never executed. Should this page be marked as {{historical}}? --MarioGom (talk) 22:41, 4 March 2018 (UTC)[reply]