Piotr Konieczny wrote:
Is asking for a survey spamming? That's a good question. If we could
raise it on a community page and get a consensus that it is not, than we
could potentially create a bot that could be fed a survey and would
deliver it to x random users via the above page.
One of my colleagues was metaphorically eaten alive for posting requests
for research participation on user talk pages (a few dozen IIRC). In her
case the users in question were chosen fairly specifically (perhaps by
the kinds of pages they edited?), and I think she had 100-200 candidate
I've bcc'ed her in case she wants to chime in.
Let me voice my strong support for Phoebe's effort. I'm not sure what I
can do personally (though please enlighten me if you know), but some
process with community buy-in for soliciting random Wikipedia users for
research purposes would be extremely useful to the research community.