[Wikimedia-l] is the German/EU Policy Issues Survey a push-poll from empowerment to enabling?

Mathias Schindler mathias.schindler at gmail.com
Sun Dec 1 09:04:26 UTC 2013


the survey questions were developed at and after the 2013 Wikimania in
Hong Kong, the survey itself was completed in October 2013.

While comments to completed measures are always appreciated, I suggest
to monitor this list for announcements of future events. These
announcements will happen in advance and will be an invitation to
everyone to submit comments, change requests and alternative


On Sun, Dec 1, 2013 at 8:33 AM, James Salsman <jsalsman at gmail.com> wrote:
> Recently there was a discussion on the Advocacy Advisors list about
> the difference between empowering editors as per the Foundation's
> mission, and merely enabling them. In trying to understand the
> feedback, I took a look at the subjects listed on the Wikimedia EP
> Election Questionnaire from the recent German/EU Policy Issues Survey:
> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vSrFiYCAN-RPXdikdkkHmT_ZzWPdD5DcDpMye9uAiHM/viewform
> There is more information about the survey at
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/EU_policy/Survey
> My concern is that the topics listed, while legitimate concerns all of
> which I have been active on over the past year and past several years,
> include far fewer categories which can be construed as actually
> empowering people to edit, as opposed to merely altering various
> technical and social systems which enable them to edit or perform
> various editing-related tasks.
> I strongly recommend countering this very likely source of survey
> outcome bias by asking the community about specific ways to empower
> more editors, such as linking to fixmyjob.com from a banner and
> supporting the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the
> Child and its protocols without reservation.
> Best regards,
> James Salsman
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