Thanks for sharing, Mathias. Question about this process: do the parties
tend to answer *all* of these? Or does the organization/movement have to
have a particularly high profile to get their questions answered?
On Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 4:38 AM, Mathias Schindler <
Wikimedia Deutschland has just released the answers we received to our
Complete answers are at
Our analysis can be found at
Previous questionnaires ("Wahlprüfsteine") are published at
We are aware that this kind of questionnaire is not equally common in
every country, so here are a few introductory infos. Wahlprüfsteine
are a set of questions (usually very specific questions) that are sent
to parties which participate in elections. The answers are usually
released in a compiled form before the election date. Among the
Wahlprüfsteine's advantages are the compatibility with
non-partisanship. The organisation asking the question can refrain
from commenting them or refrain from making any kind of endorsement
for a particular candidate or party while at the same time offering
the public a service to inform them about differences in specific
The German national parliament elections will be held on September 22,
2013. Our questionnaire had 11 questions (3 on copyright, 2 on access,
3 on net neutrality and 3 on education). 10 replies were received,
representing 11 parties, including all parties that are currently in
the parliament and most likely will remain there.
Topic selection was based on the responses we received from a survey
that was sent to the German language Wikimedia community:
We carefully picked questions that actually belong to the national
level (some are overlapping with EU legislation, a few border to
topics left to the German states (Länder).
If you haven't done so, please consider answering a few questions in
this survey here that can help contribute to a questionnaire for the
upcoming EU parliament election in 2014:
This survey will last until September 30.
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