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From André Schnabel <>
Subject Re: Diploma thesis: a survey about Oracle's care of the community (and not LibreOffice)
Date Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:18:34 GMT

first of all, I feel sorry, that I did forward the request to this list.

Seems you feel more disturbed than than realizing the chance to help 
someone with his thesis.

Regarding questions about Oracle:

I already asked Fabian if it was not better to ask about Apache, not 
Oracle. He then explizitly referred to Oracle. I think it should be up 
to the Student and his tutors to decide what they ask and how they do 
the analysis (just from seeing the questions you don't know, how the 
answers wil be analysed).
Guys ... do you really question every thesis after you read some 
paragraphs of the preparation? If yes - don't read it and don't care 
about it.

Regarding asking the same thing multiple times. - I have only very basic 
knowledge about surveys, but this is a common way to get better results. 
Eg.g you dedetect things, where people are unsure, or just "click through".

After all .. I only post very rarely to this list, and the comments are 
absolutely not encouraging to continue that.



Am 27.09.2011 21:07, schrieb Dave Fisher:
> DId this individual's academic advisor give any input on how to conduct an unbiased survey?
I think not.
> Really the survey was very repetitive and only about Oracle and I didn't
get far enough before I noticed it was asking the same questions over and over. Maybe in German
there are subtle differences. I didn't get to questions about LIbreOffice or Apache at all.
> If SImon and Rob want to debate corporate biases, go ahead. I'm not interested in wasting
y time on this type of navel gazing.
> On Sep 27, 2011, at 8:58 AM, Simon Phipps wrote:
>> On Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 2:51 PM, Rob Weir<>  wrote:
>>> The more direct comparison would be Community
>>> Council versus LO/TDF, or versus LO/Novell.  In
>>> other words compare governance or compare corporate sponsorship, but
>>> don't mix the two.
>> Presumably if you believe Novell to be the main sponsor of LibreOffice you
>> will also be recommending to the researcher that they treat IBM as the main
>> sponsor of AOOo, Rob. Perhaps you could cc the list when you write to them.
>> Thanks,
>> S.

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