Survey invitation

Newcomer experience and contributor behavior in FOSS communities

If you have joined one of the following FOSS communities within the last 3 years (after January 2010): Debian, Fedora, FreeBSD (including PC-BSD), GNOME, Gentoo, KDE, Mozilla, NetBSD, OpenSUSE, Python, Ubuntu or Wikimedia, I would like to invite you to complete an online survey. I am interested in hearing from people who are either technical or non-technical contributors, and who have had either positive or negative newcomer experiences.

The survey is available at:

The data you provide will help gain insights about the experience of newcomers in FOSS communities.

This survey is anonymous, and no information that would identify you is being collected. The collected data will be released under a ‘share-alike’ Open Data Commons Open Database License (ODbL) ensuring that the dataset can be shared (copied, used, and distributed to others), used to produce derived works, or adapted. You will not be able to withdraw data once you submitted the survey, but it will be possible to withdraw anytime while completing the survey by simply closing the web browser.

The results of the research may be deposited in the library’s institutional repository or presented at conferences or published as articles in professional or academic journals. The School of Information Management Human Ethics Committee has approved this research project.

I expect the survey to take around 20 minutes of your time.

If you know people who you think would be interested in completing it, please do not hesitate to let them know about this research.

I will post news about my progress with this research, and the results on this blog.

If you have any questions, please contact me at or my supervisors Sid Huff at and Brenda Chawner at

Kevin Carillo

School of Information Management
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600, Wellington NEW ZEALAND
(04) 463 5233 ext. 8679 | Room RH401

12 comments on “Survey invitation

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    • Hi Mairin,
      I have addressed your comment in the latest blog post as other people started having a similar concern for other large projects. I am currently talking to Fedora people who are interested in involving Fedora in the research. I would be more than happy to do that. let me know if you are keen to help out. The more the merrier!

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  5. You should probably clarify whether you mean Wikimedia or MediaWiki. I’ve been and editor on several Wikimedia wikis since 2005, but only recently got involved with the programming side of it (i.e. MediaWiki development).

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