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[Q] Q about making an informal survey about XDA users

OP WorldOak

1st April 2014, 09:06 PM   |  #1  
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My question is partially for site moderators (this kind of thing isn't breaking any rules is it?), but anyone with feedback for me would be much appreciated.

I'm currently taking a college statistics course and have a requirement to conduct a survey as a class project (lame, I know). My question (basically the TL;DR of this post) is whether it would be appropriate to post a link to a Google Docs form or something similar for the purposes of asking some basic questions about the users of this site, with all answers being anonymous and the intention of posting the results for anyone who wants to see?

I realize that the forum already offers the option to post a poll, however it seems that you can only ask one question at a time, and I'm more interested in making a small, quick survey of say, 10-15 questions. That being said, if it would be better for me to simply make several polling posts in their respective categories, please let me know.

A few of the questions I would ask are age (broken down into several broad categories, no specifics), gender and region (North America, Europe, Asia, Oceania/Australia, etc.) in order to establish basic demographic stuff, and then questions about modding/developing habits. Some samples might be:
'What is your interest in XDA-Developers? Development, community, education, or resources for tweaking your devices'
'What kind of modifications do you usually make to your devices? Rooting, custom ROM, custom kernel, custom recovery, or more app-based customization'
'If you are a developer (and another question for end users), how long have you been involved in creating software? Days, weeks, 2-6 months, 7-12 months, 1-3 years, or even longer'

In addition to multiple-choice questions, I would ask a few more open-ended questions such as 'What brought you into the smart-device development space?'

Being only a student project, my aim is not to be too caught up in obtaining a representative sample (I realize the people willing to take such an informal survey may be very few), or attempting to make broad statements about XDA users, but merely as more of a curiosity. In addition, I will post a small analysis of the responses under the same thread, for anyone interested, but I will not submit or publish this info to any other public entity, nor will I ask for people's identifying information such as name, email, or anything else beyond basic demographics. If I receive ten responses, that's fine, if I receive a hundred, awesome.

In essence, would a post of this type be acceptable somewhere on the forums, and if so, is there a best sub-forum under which to post it? Does anyone have any feedback or criticism about this project? Thanks for any responses, and while I haven't yet been active on the forums (I believe this is my first post), I have been reading, learning, and absorbing the information on this site for some time, and have found the expertise of this user base in my own journeys in modifying my devices invaluable.
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