Stuart A. Yeates, 18/02/2014 01:48:
What would be great would be a set survey of the top
5000 (i.e. the
group that Laura is already working with) where they were asked basic
questions about the fields they edited in and their perception of gender
bias, then half way through they were presented with their rating by
Laura's work, then another set of questions relating to gender bias.
Suitably phrased questions could be used to discover:
(a) whether they're a priori aware of the apparent bias
(b) whether they are surprised at the gender balance in their articles
discovered by Laura's work
(c) whether they see the gender balance as an issue
(d) whether they are aware of any untapped or under-utilised resources
for women's articles in their fields
(e) whether they are interested in working to combat apparent bias
As a fallback to "serious" research, a handful questions may be added to
the next editors' survey whenever one happens. I recommend to copy this
suggestion to a suitable Meta-Wiki page (e.g.
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:General_User_Survey>) so that it
stays available for the years to come.