I’m part of a team at Carnegie Mellon University that
is studying the Request for Adminship process and would like to run a survey on
RfA voters. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to successfully solicit
for users to take a survey without being intrusive? Any suggestions at
all on conducting the survey within Wikipedia would be helpful.
sounds interesting for me. I am doing my Master Thesis in sociology. I try to "explain" the micro-level vote decisions in admin votes in the german Wikipedia based on quantitative data about there participation and interaction.
I don't know the "right way" how to survey in en.wikipedia, but I guess there are subsites of wikipedia where surveys are announced. Direct invitiations on many user pages will be sanctioned, as far as I know.
Ben Collier wrote:
> I’m part of a team at Carnegie Mellon University that is studying the
> Request for Adminship process and would like to run a survey on RfA
> voters. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to successfully solicit
> for users to take a survey without being intrusive? Any suggestions at
> all on conducting the survey within Wikipedia would be helpful.
You can announce your survey in places like WP:VP, WP:AN or WP:RFAdmin
talk. You could try framing your survey as a Request for Comments, but
at least part of it would have to be public.
All of that is much easier if you are a Wikipedia contributor. The more
active and estabilished you are, the more things you can do that a
n00bie or IP could get warned/banned for...
There is no dedicated place for scholarly surveys, such proposals have
been discussed but never gained enough interest to become a policy. Some
time ago I've collected all known survey-related links at
If I missed something, I hope that contributors of this list will add it
3. a validation and import by an GNU R script. (www.r-project.org/)
Because of exceptions the process can as far as I see not be fully automated. The perl script is just a quick hack and I had to change it during the process. So it is still a lot of manual work as long as there is no better implementation of votes in the wiki engine.
Contact if you want me to send it to you.
(Besides many questions that I wanted to answer but wasn't able to answer (-; ) I am interested in the simple question: What dertermines vote decisions of individuals in WP?
I expect "pro"-votes to be
1. a mixture of expression of TRUST in (a) the candidate, (b) the nominating user or (c) users that have voted before.
2. a bounded rational (especially affective distorted) decision about the expected benefit of a candidate
(a) according to OWN political and organisation-political INTERESTS and
(b) according to the perceived benefit to ORGANISATIONAL INTERESTS.
I am about to test the effect of different user variables (aggregated of logged user actions like revisions and user relations that can be accessed from within the https://wiki.toolserver.org/view/Main_Page) on vote decisions.
As far as I see that is complementary to surveying the voters what Ben is about to do. From a sociological point of view what participants think and say musn't have to be exactly what they are doing.