Posted Jul 10, 2006 13:38 UTC (Mon) by corbet
In reply to: A survey on kernel quality
Parent article: A survey on kernel quality
Please do resubscribe - but do note that we require new subscribers to pass a kernel hacking test first :)
This particular pool of people was chosen (by the relevant kernel folks, not by LWN) in an attempt to get around some of the worst problems with web surveys. Somebody who finds LWN worth paying for is reasonably likely to have at least some experience in the area of interest. But, just as importantly, they are relatively unlikely to attempt to skew the survey for reasons of their own. As soon as you open a web survey to everybody, you ask for a bunch of responses from Hank the Angry Drunken Windows User.
Closing the survey to non-subscribers will exclude quite a few people who would otherwise provide good input. (And it will stay closed to them, BTW; the survey as a whole closes before the subscription period ends). That is an unfortunate result. But putting out a wide-open survey risks wiping out what little significance this exercise has.
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