Results of Fedora Participation Survey?

Paul W. Frields stickster at gmail.com
Wed May 19 13:17:16 UTC 2010


On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 11:05:28PM +0530, Amit Shah wrote:
> On (Tue) May 18 2010 [10:38:56], Paul W. Frields wrote:
> > On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 06:22:28PM +0530, Amit Shah wrote:
> > > On (Mon) May 17 2010 [09:06:17], Paul W. Frields wrote:
> > > > 
> > > > The Duke researchers have sent me a list of some additional
> > > > information that they need to continue their work.  Basically, they
> > > > need someone to run a few SQL queries via JSON:
> > > > 
> > > > (1) The count of unique people, determined by full names and/or email
> > > > addresses, active in at least one mailing list/group, which would
> > > > provide an estimate of the number of active people in the Fedora
> > > > Accounts System.  The count won't include actual names or addresses.
> > > 
> > > I'll note here that I consider myself to be a Fedora developer even
> > > though I'm not active on the Fedora lists: I'm active on upstream lists,
> > > though. Any way to get that data? (I know this is tough.)
> > 
> > I don't see any reason for us not to publish it on a wiki page, since
> > we're going to the trouble of producing it for the Duke researchers
> > anyway.  Anyone in the community with appropriate infrastructure
> > access could produce these numbers, after all.
> 
> Oh; I just meant that if we're skimming Fedora mail lists to gauge the
> number of active developers against the number of responses we got, we
> may not get accurate results (due to some developers being more vocal on
> upstream lists rather than Fedora lists).

Oh, I see Amit.  Thanks for the clarification.  Yes, we will likely
miss a lot of the upstream development.  Since the researchers are
concentrating specifically on the Fedora Project as an integration
point, upstream lists are outside the scope for this particular
survey.  An additional complicating factor, besides the obvious ones
of just a multiplication of effort, is privacy concerns for the lists
that are not operated under the Fedora Project's privacy policy.  That
policy allows us to use the contents of Fedora archives for research
purposes but of course doesn't apply to independent projects outside
Fedora.


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