[wp-hackers] Automatic feedback from users
omry at yadan.net
Wed Sep 19 14:50:44 GMT 2007
Dave Pappas wrote:
> "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies and statistics"
> This is a great topic. I am sure the effort will produce interesting
> statistics. Unfortunately, I'm not sure it will produce actionable
> information. Self selecting surveys are less meaningful then other
How is this self selecting? (Assuming this goes into core and not into a
> My fear is that you are producing a plugin that will be
> installed by a subset of users and of that subset, another subset will opt
> in. You don't need a large sample size to draw conclusions about the
> population as long as the sample is truly representative of the population.
> Allowing people to opt in or out means you will have a (relatively) small
> sample size that probably does not reflect the entirety of the Wordpress
> installations in the world.
Will you agree that there is very little correlation between how the
privacy awareness of users to their server PHP and MySQL versions?
> I would still find the information interesting - I just don't think you can
> make decisions driven by what the 'average' WP user has installed. You
> won't know much about the average WP user - only those who like contributing
> towards these kinds of efforts - like myself ;-)
Judging by my own efforts to collect such data, I can tell that between
10 to 20 percent of the users installing FireStats agrees to send
anonymous statistical information.
this is surely high enough to draw conclusions about many things.
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