[Foundation-l] Wikimedia Census

David Goodman dgoodmanny at gmail.com
Mon Feb 11 16:05:26 UTC 2008

Simply have a category "up to 14" . Thirteen year olds are permitted,
and there is no need to specify a bottom year.

On Feb 11, 2008 10:28 AM, Nikola Smolenski <smolensk at eunet.yu> wrote:
> Andrew Whitworth wrote:
> > On Feb 11, 2008 9:16 AM, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton at gmail.com> wrote:
> >>> From a practical standpoint, we can't be certain that anybody is or is
> >>> not 13. Even though we could state that you must be over 13 to
> >>> participate, we can't possibly validate users who claim to be. While
> >>> it doesnt work in all circumstances, a policy of "don't ask, don't
> >>> tell" might be in order here. At least then, if there was a
> >>> COPPA-related problem, we could plead ignorance.
> >> Not asking for ages leaves a major hole in the survey - age is one of
> >> the key discriminators between different demographics.
> >
> > True, but telling people that you are going to discriminate against
> > them (by collecting less information from them) if they fall into
> > certain age ranges is just going to motivate people to lie. Some
> > people might reason "I can help more on the census if I lie about my
> > age and therefore get asked more questions".
> A sinister plan: as everybody the same questions, but don't actually
> collect responses from people younger than 14.
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David Goodman, Ph.D, M.L.S.

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