[Osmf-talk] Surveys

Thomas Gertin tgertin at vt.edu
Wed Dec 6 21:05:35 UTC 2017

That is an interesting idea of putting notices for a survey into the
desktop editors. However, I don’t think that would be my top choice if
I were to design a survey for OSM.

I think that surveying a random sample of the population is extremely
important. It is important not to risk introducing unintentional or
intentional biases in the survey.

My naive assumption is that a survey advertised within the desktop
editors would result in a higher participation rate from advanced
mappers and from OSM users who maintain more active ties within the
community. It would difficult to measure and correct for these biases
(and potentially others). In addition, this could introduce issues
with the validity of the results.

We need to be wary of designing surveys where people self-select
themselves to participate.

-Tom G

On Wed, Dec 6, 2017 at 2:40 PM, Michael Reichert <nakaner at gmx.net> wrote:
> Hi,
> Am 06.12.2017 um 16:16 schrieb Simon Poole:
>> The main problem with this (again broken record mode) and really ages
>> old issue, is that we do not ask sign ups for permission to send them
>> unsolicited mail in any form.
>> The problem is not terribly difficult to fix, just nobody that has
>> proposed to do a survey (and there have been dozens and dozens over the
>> years) , has actually had enough interest to either fix the issue
>> themselves or pay somebody to do so.
> If a survey should be answered by active mappers, notifications in their
> editor would be a way to reach even more than using third-party news
> services like Wochennotiz and WeeklyOSM. JOSM has a message of the day
> feature as long as I can remember. iD is usually used from osm.org, i.e.
> a message (top left corner) on osm.org for logged-in users could reach
> mappers using iD. This would also reach users who use Potlatch 2. Only
> mobile editors are not reachable. I myself think that popus with the
> latest news are more annoying than helpful in mobile apps.
> To summarize it, we can reach mappers using desktop editors already.
> There are only two groups which are unreachable: mobile-only mappers and
> inactive mappers. If I were an inactive mapper, I would find it annoying
> to get an email asking to contribute to a survey.
> Best regards
> Michael
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