[MVLUG] Install fest sign-up sheet and exit survey?

Don McCoy don2718 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 18 15:23:30 MST 2011


I hate to beg the question(s), but I don't see any of these things as being
problems.  We do this as a service, because it helps people.  We do
therefore passively advertise the MVLUG, if only to make people aware of its
existence.  This is enough in my opinion.

Just my $0.02
Don

On Jan 18, 2011 1:01 PM, "Samat K Jain" <lists at samat.org> wrote:

Michael and I discussed on IRC a while back about some problems with the
install fest:

 * No hard numbers on how many installs done, what distributions requested,
etc
 * Do the install fests advertise MVLUG very well, if at all? How many
people from the install fests join or even know about the mailing list?
 * How many people stick with Linux after their class?
 * Various other thoughts from people — did they think they waited too long,
did they think we messed up their computer, etc.

I think a good solution to these problems would be a mandatory sign-up list,
and an electronic follow-up survey a week after and perhaps another one
post-semester.

The sign-up list would be mandatory (i.e. pester people to sign in), and
collect name, e-mail address, and sign-in time. A disclaimer along the top
would let people know that e-mail addresses were ONLY used for sending a
survey a week after and post-semester. Asking for sign-out time would be
useful to collect but it's doubtful anyone will write it in on their way
out.

The week-after survey would ask what distribution they wanted installed, how
long they waited, whether they thought it was too long, whether they came on
their own or referred to from a class, and most importantly, explain what
MVLUG is and invite them to the mailing list if they have more questions. It
should take no more than a minute or two to fill out (10 questions max?).

The post-semester survey would ask how they found Linux, whether they still
use it/intend to use it, perhaps whether they are staying engineering, and
why they do or don't. I'm not sure whether people would actually respond to
a survey that far out in time, but it can't hurt.

Thoughts/ideas?

Samat

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