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Please Take the TidBITS 2015 Reader Survey!

We haven’t done a reader survey since 2007, but as we start in on a major Web site redesign, I’d like to learn more about who you are and what you want to read in TidBITS. So if you have 5 minutes to spare, I would greatly appreciate it if you could fill out our TidBITS 2015 Reader Survey (to be completely up front, it will take a little longer if you want to provide optional free-form feedback about various questions). I’ve built the survey at a site called Murvey, and it’s as easy to take on an iPad or iPhone as it is on a Mac, apart from typing free-form responses.

The survey will remain open through the end of Thursday, 3 December 2015, which will give me a few days to process the data in time to share the results in the next issue of TidBITS. Thanks in advance for participating!

Although our upcoming site redesign was the trigger for the survey, we do have a deeper motive. Every week, Josh and I discuss what we think readers would find useful or interesting, and use those beliefs to evaluate article ideas and outside pitches. We get anecdotal support when an article generates a lot of positive comments or when someone writes in saying how much they appreciate a particular column, but as the saying goes, the plural of “anecdote” is not “data.” So our other big goal with the reader survey is to calibrate our filters to make sure that we’re focusing on the content that you most want to read (while hopefully still surprising you occasionally with articles you like, but didn’t know you wanted to read).


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Comments about Please Take the TidBITS 2015 Reader Survey!
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Bernd Albrecht  An apple icon for a TidBITS Supporter 2015-11-24 12:43
New website design? I’m excited!
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2015-11-24 12:49
Oh, so are we. But we're not promising any dates - these things always take longer than it seems they should.
Helen L Rousseau  2015-11-24 13:34
I've relied on Tidbits for many years for "What's up" and forget to say thanks. THANKS
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2015-11-24 13:38
You're very welcome, and thanks for completing the survey!
William Hark  2015-11-30 20:45
I would be glad to complete the survey if I could find it! Using your link, I am taken to the survey company's site and asked to sign in or create an account but no TidBITS survey. I am not interested in signing up for another company's site.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2015-12-01 09:26
That's really weird. When I click the link in the article above, it takes me to />

which is the survey, not the main Murvey site. See if that works for you. I suppose it's possible that some extension could be getting in the way, though that seems unlikely.

Thanks for your effort!
William Hark  2015-12-04 21:13
Tried again using the link above. Same result. First a box saying you can take the survey only once then a window to sign in/register, then a blank survey form to fill in. I tried.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2015-12-05 14:54
Sorry, the survey is closed now, although it really sounds like you're hitting something else entirely (since it should tell you it's closed). My apologies for the confusion!