This is our 32nd issue, and it seems like a fine time for the first official TidBITS Survey. "Why the 32nd issue?" you ask. No reason whatsoever, we assure you, except that it’s nice to know who out there reads TidBITS. It’s not easy for us to tell what sort of people read TidBITS, how they read it, or even how popular TidBITS is. So here’s the survey, and we ask you to please respond via email or snail mail. We’d especially like you to answer the first set of questions, and if possible, to answer the optional ones as well. Thanks!
Send completed surveys in any form you wish to any of these addresses:
- America Online: Adam Engst
(or :INTERNET plus any other Internet address above)
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- Snail mail:
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- We’ll start with the easy ones. What is your name?
They’re not getting much harder. In what town and country do you live?
Another easy one. Do you read TidBITS regularly?
From where do you download or otherwise acquire TidBITS?
3a. If download statistics are listed, approximately how many others download each issue of TidBITS from that source?
- Do you redistribute TidBITS to other people or online services, such as your mother or a local BBS?
4a. If you do redistribute TidBITS, approximately how many people read each issue that you redistribute? Really?
- Do you use TidBITS articles in user group or university (or other non-profit) publications? (You can, you know, as long as you credit us.)
Have you found the TidBITS Archive useful for looking up information?
- (For the following questions, 1 is low, 10 is high, and only integers exist)
On a scale of 1 – 10, how knowledgeable are you as a Mac user, if a DOS user who has never seen a Mac is 0 on the scale?
On a scale of 1 – 10, how knowledgeable are you as a HyperCard user/author?
On a scale of 1 – 10, how often do you use the contact information to contact companies?
On a scale of 1 – 10, how often do you use the references to related articles?
Do you have HyperCard 2.0 yet? You’ll want to get it soon, because TidBITS will require it some time in the future. Of course at that point the distribution format will be text, so you’ll only need it for the archiving features.
- What do you like best about TidBITS?
What do you like least about TidBITS?
What sort of articles would you like to see in TidBITS that are not currently present?
What would make TidBITS easier to acquire and read?
What other Macintosh publications (paper or electronic) do you read regularly?
Are you interested in writing special issues (like the Xanadu issue, #30) or product reviews for TidBITS? If so, please contact us via email for more information. We pay only in fame, since that’s all we get.
What’s your favorite color?
That’s 20 questions including the sub-questions, so we’ll stop now. Give yourself 1 point for each question answered. Scores of more than 11 win. Scores of less than 3 indicate that you probably won’t return the survey, so answer a few more questions and then send it in. At most it’s a few minutes and a stamp and we guarantee never to do telephone surveys (or to sell your name to mailing list brokers). Also, we will share the results (especially the statistical significance of question 18) in TidBITS. Thanks for the enthusiasm, it keeps us going.