It is reasonable to presume watchlists are important for all active Wikimedians on all projects, having a self-selected 'user sample space' of 87, seems small. I know the survey was mentioned on this email list and posted on some noticeboards, but it would have made sense to hold open the survey, and send around a couple more notices, until a few hundred people took part.
To put this in context, there are currently more than 75,000 "active" editors, so a participation rate in a survey targeted at active system contributors of 0.1% is statistically poor. Though a small sample can highlight problems with the user experience, and even discover bugs, you would probably need to aim for 0.5% to 1% of the population to make statistically credible conclusions about what the editor community prefers, or to justify investment in non-critical system improvement. It is interesting to observe that if the sample were engineered to be less self-selected, then statistically it might be valid to draw conclusions from a relatively small sample. I note that in the survey feedback, the home projects of users is not reported. This is a pity as it is hard to judge if the survey was biased to English speakers/writers, possibly as a consequence of the languages of notices and emails posted. Links 1. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Tech/Cross-wiki_watchlist 2. http://reportcard.wmflabs.org Fae On 23 May 2016 at 15:34, Bohdan Melnychuk <bas...@yandex.ru> wrote: > Hi! > > How could one participate in the survey? I've just scrolled through past > issues of Tech News and did not find any mention of the survey, nor I > remember it mentioned in any other place. Was there some way to find about it > besides from this list? Which readers are clearly not the most Wikimedia > movement representative selection. > > Yours, > --Base > > 21.05.2016, 04:21, "Johan Jönsson" <jjons...@wikimedia.org>: >> On Sat, Mar 26, 2016 at 1:06 AM, Danny Horn <dh...@wikimedia.org> wrote: >>> Hi everyone, >>> >>> WMF's Community Tech team is starting to work on a Cross-wiki watchlist, >>> one of the top 10 wishes in the Community Wishlist Survey that we conducted >>> at the end of last year.  >>> >>> We're running a survey on how people use their watchlists, to help inform >>> our work. >> >> Hi everyone, >> >> A couple of months ago, the Community Tech team ran a survey to gather >> information on how Wikimedians use their watchlists. You can see the >> results here: >> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Tech/Cross-wiki_watchlist#Survey_results >> >> If you're interested, there are also some very early and rough >> wireframes available on the project page: >> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Tech/Cross-wiki_watchlist#Current_work.2C_for_discussion >> >> //Johan Jönsson fae...@gmail.com https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Fae _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines New messages to: Wikimediaemail@example.com Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>