On Sun, Nov 8, 2015 at 1:26 AM, Pete Forsyth <petefors...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 7, 2015 at 4:07 PM, Ziko van Dijk <zvand...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> It's normal, when you hire a company for a survey, you mention the
>> company, for various reasons.
>>
>
> Ziko,
>
> This is true, of course; but it does not address what is under discussion
> here.
>
> It is also normal for partnership agreements to include specifications of
> how those mentions are carried out to meet certain objectives, while also
> avoiding problems for both parties. With nearly every one of my clients,
> this is specified by either an informal or a formal contract, prior to the
> announcement or commencement of the project.
>
> Regrettably, it is also rather normal for the Wikimedia Foundation to pay
> insufficient attention to such arrangements. This leaves volunteers in the
> position of cleaning up the mess, and sometimes, of playing the role of the
> "bad guy" whose image suffers from telling somebody that they can't have
> what they want.

since when wikipedia needs to use some arbitrary 3rd party company to
conduct a simple survey? i'd consider it a core competency of a social
website like wikipedia to allow finding out the opinion and a
consensus of contributors and readers, anonymous and not anonymous.

rupert

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