User talk:Jc86035 (1)

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I think this table presents some helpful analysis! The intention as I read it was to show well categories performed in terms of popular proposals? The problem is that the categories can change each year, and some top 10 proposals in Miscellaneous 2017 would now be in a different category, etc. Another example: 2015 had the "Moderation and admin tools", which you put under "Moderation tools" (makes sense), but now for the 2019 survey they are merged yet again as "Admins and patrollers". What I'm getting at is you probably can't draw any meaningful conclusions on a per-category basis since each survey is different. MusikAnimal (WMF) (talk) 15:59, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

@MusikAnimal (WMF): I think the table is good enough at showing the general trend, although maybe a few more columns would help, and the admin/patroller and Commons/multimedia categories could be better indicated in some way. Most categories seem to perform consistently from year to year (e.g. mobile, reading and Wiktionary have been consistently unsuccessful, which means that a lot of people are essentially wasting a lot of time making and voting on those proposals), and drawing definitive conclusions would also require adjusting for number of participants, single-issue voters, unexpectedly popular proposals, and so on. Jc86035 (1) (talk) 16:09, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
Yes that's precisely my point, that this table is somewhat misleading. "wasting a lot time" I don't think is a fair assumption. We want to hear people's opinion, no matter how small, and we try to reserve some time for smaller projects that don't have the "voting power" (such as the Internet Archive Upload tool for Wikisource). Even if we can't do it, other teams are made aware of the community's wishes and it can help push things to happen (such as the editor-based functionality that's currently being added to mobile). But also, where proposals live is completely subjective. At current, you can't do than one more category (which we hope to allow next year, it's a technical problem), so there is a lot of crossover. Anyhoo, I'm not going to remove the table or anything, just making sure you were aware of the possible flaws that hopefully don't undermine the Survey. Kind regards, MusikAnimal (WMF) (talk) 17:33, 19 November 2018 (UTC)