[OSM-talk] Survey on global and local communities in OpenStreetMap

Christoph Hormann osm at imagico.de
Wed Aug 7 22:52:59 UTC 2019

On Wednesday 07 August 2019, Frederik Ramm wrote:
> I think that part of the motivation for doing surveys is that there
> was a belief that some people don't want to say something in public
> e.g. on a mailing list for fear of their opinion being challenged.

The question is if this fear is about them being challenged or their 
opinion being challenged.

The idea that there might be people who have (a) an interest in their 
opinion being heard and at the same time (b) a fear of their opinion 
being challenged even in anonymity (meaning that no one except them 
knows it is their opinion) is intriguing.

Anyway - what i would have liked to see is the survey providing *the 
option* for participants to allow the publication of their anonymized 
individual answers, not *the requirement* to allow this. 

> Of course, if you say your opinion through an intermediary, there is
> *always* the risk of the intermediary deliberately or accidentally
> misinterpreting our opinion. That's the downside, and the upside is
> you get so say what you think without anyone challenging you about
> it. It's a deal that you can take if you want; and if you don't want
> it then you can *still* post your opinion on a mailing list or forum
> or your user diary, where you can speak directly without being
> interpreted by an intermediary - or even post your survey responses
> publicly like you did.

By speaking directly and publishing my responses i risk being challenged 
and criticized personally.  While i don't mind this there are 
definitely a lot of people who don't want or can't do this.  And many 
of them probably would not mind their answers being published 

Christoph Hormann

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