Help me graduate

mit logoAs many of you know, I’m in the process of finishing my Ph.D. which happens to be about (you guessed it), weblogs. A large part of the analysis is dependent on gathering information about how people use their weblogs and their general communication behavior. For the next two weeks I’ll be gathering this data in the form of a survey:

If you are a weblog author and have 15 minutes to spare, I can’t say how much it will help me if you fill out the survey. The larger my sample is, the bigger the impact, and the easier it will be for me to railroad my committee into signing the document.

So please, spread the word and help me graduate.

26 thoughts on “Help me graduate

  1. The fact that you have to request a login key to participate in the survey kinda sucks for me. I was set to participate but decided not to.

  2. I realize the inconvenience that it takes, but it’s the only way we can tell individual survey participants apart, and stop people from taking it twice, by accident or on purpose.

    We do not maintain your email address, so there’s no information that can be traced back to you in any way. Just an identifier that stops people from using the same email twice.

  3. I saw a link to your survey on Waxy (that should give you a lot of exposure) and I took the survey. I don’t mind helping out another MITer.

    Good luck

  4. Thanks for the invitation to participate. Seemed like a cakewalk… what did I miss? As an experimental subject, I had expected a shock or a treat or something. At any rate, I posted a note about your research on my blog to promote volunteer participation in my little sphere of influence. Good luck with your thesis. I’m looking forward to reading the results of the study!

  5. FYI, your email thing doesn’t work if someone uses the optional + extension…

    ie, I should be able to put in:

    It seems to just not get to my place. Not sure if you’re stripping out the +, or just not sending it or what.

    Anyway, I did it without the + and it worked fine.

  6. Thanks for the tip Dave. I’m not stripping out anything, but the + sign definitely needs to be escaped when it’s being sent as a POST variable. Otherwise it’s converted into a space.

    Seems to be working fine now, sorry for the confusion.

  7. Well, darn. I was going to try to help you graduate, but I killed my blog a few months ago. I started the survey anyway, thinking it would just ask why I started a blog in the first place, etc., but then I saw the survey requires a link to the blog. Since the blog no longer exists, I had to quit. Sorry you have an incomplete survey to muddle your data. Hope I don’t keep you from graduating 🙂

  8. Hey, I have a kid starting at MIT in the fall, and he’s planning to do UROPs in the Media Lab. I’ll go do the survey, annoying login key thing and all… got any advice for him in his new life?

  9. Well I got the key and then attempted to get to the page again but got a parsing error instead of the page. maybe your done I don’t know. I’ll check back if I get a chance. Good luck to you.

  10. Looks possibly interesting, but I don’t appreciate sites that try to get me to “upgrade” to a browser I don’t like in order to see the content. There’s no reason Opera shouldn’t be supported.

  11. I really apologize for the lack of Opera support, but I’ve invested over 6 hours now trying, and for the life of me I can’t get it to do an XMLHTTPRequest POST correctly. I’ve scoured the internet and found nothing that would suggest that this should be an issue, but it just doesn’t work.

    If you can find someone who can explain what’s wrong with my javascript, I’ll gladly add Opera support. Sorry!

  12. Well, I’m glad to hear that you did try it at least. It wasn’t clear from the page that you’re shunted to that this was the case. A lot of times it’s just a result of laziness on the part of the people running the site (since often you can fiddle with the Opera settings and get in — and all works fine.)

    My real quibble is with the wording of the reject page, I guess, since I don’t really consider switching to those browsers an upgrade at all — tried them, just don’t like them as much.

    Thanks for the reply though! Maybe I will have to haul out IE and try this out.

  13. Drat, I just found out about your survey today. I took it immediately and then went and posted about at every online community in which I’m a member. Maybe it will drum up some “last minute” business for you.

    As a fellow grad student, I have to say that the idea of completing your dis on weblogging is very cool. Best of luck with your defense!

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