[Taxacom] The strain between Wikipedia and Science
dipteryx at freeler.nl
dipteryx at freeler.nl
Fri Feb 11 08:14:51 CST 2011
By all the signs this is not a survey to gather information
on the strain between Wikipedia and Science. Any survey
demanding this much personal information (including an
e-mail address, not optional) creates the appearance of
having other (and ulterior) motives; thus nobody who puts
together a genuine survey would put in those questions.
Also, indeed, the questions avoid the problems that Wikipedia
is known to have. This survey is set up to show up Wikipedia
in the best possible light (those poor benighted scientists
just don't get it).
Van: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu namens Nadia Talent
Verzonden: vr 11-2-2011 14:42
Onderwerp: Re: [Taxacom] The strain between Wikipedia and Science
The good news is that the email address is not required to complete the survey, and there's a comments field at the end to hold the inevitable summary that a survey that repeats all the questions and takes 20 minutes to complete is too much to ask of experts, who are busy people. And as Francisco says, they clearly have not the faintest idea where the real problems lie (so it seems to me to be important to give them some hints).
ROM Research Associate,
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada
On 2011-02-11, at 7:49 , Francisco Welter-Schultes wrote:
>> Consider helping Wikipedia
> Language choice does not work, I can select any language and
> invariably the English survey will appear.
> We also had these problems in the BHL user survey.
> The survey looks like some commercial stuff, they also ask for your
> e-mail address. Like that of a commercial company taking advantage of
> scientists believing that they would contribute to improving
> standards in Wikipedia
> It seems that the Wikimedia Foundation is responsible, so no
> commercial abuse.
> Several important and really problematic points are not asked in the
> survey. It seems that in some points they have not the faintest idea
> where the real problems are. Or they are afraid of learning them.
> F. Welter-Schultes
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