My name is Tobias Gawrisch and I'm a student of social science / sociology at Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany. I'm now starting with my master thesis and for that I want to do some research about what motivates programmers to work on open source software and other free software projects. Most people studying economics will say that money is the driving motivator in our economy but I think that especially the open source community is a fine example of people being motivated to work without the prospect of earning a lot of money with their work. This hypothesis is the basis for a short Web Survey in order to get some first hand data about the reason why programmers are "working for free". It will take about 10 min. max. and is, of course, completely anonymous. And I'll be glad to provide all my outcomes afterwards.
I would really appreciate your help in this matter, this would boost my master thesis a lot!
Here is the link to the survey: www (dot) soscisurvey (dot) de (slash) codesharingmotivation (I'm sorry but as a new user I'm apparently not allowed to post links. This post has permission from the Administrators, so maybe a moderator could alter this link to be clickable?)
This is an open survey, so please feel free to share it with everyone you see fit. I need as many participants as possible to get valid data.
I took the liberty to ask up front if it would be OK to post such a survey in this forum and received permission for that after using the contact form from the Administrators. This is a solely academic survey.