There are several better formats for what you're doing
What would they be? I was actually thinking about releasing an annotated template version of my PHP scripts (with an open source alternative to the Flash parts obviously
) after I've finished my thesis. But if there are better ideas and scripts around, I wouldn't bother obviously...
Often, developers who support choice offer too many choices to be understandable. Perhaps an automatic default for everything, and a side note that more is available, with a "more choices" button.
I had two reasons to actually ask the questions the way I asked them. a) Statistical reasons. I have done an online questionnaire before, fairly strictly adhering to Grrenbaum & Quirk's "Data elicitation in English linguistics". That thing was waaaay to long and the usage statistics have shon that most subjects "dropped out" before they finished the first page. That's why I kept it comparably nice, short and simple this time. b) Scientific reasons. I can't say too much about that here (for reasons I can let you know via PN if you're interested). But the options I gave where standardized along guidelines developed by linguists. Thus not more options
1. Anyone who can should take the quiz. I know I'd want and, in this kind forum, expect fairly good participation.
I really appreciate your point, same as I do this forum. It's great! And has helped me get enough results for my first questionnaire...
2. Speaking of that kindness, you might consider changing the thread's title to one that directly asks for help. Your title for the first quiz was good, just change it to tell how to help, such as: Please take quiz (#2) to help with my MA thesis. May get even more attention.
. Makes perfect sense as well.
3. Reflects 1. Anyone. The quiz asks whether English is one's first language, so I assume that those who first learned another tongue are welcome and useful.
Indeed. Whatever I help I can get is greatly appreciated.
4. This one can't be fixed now without skewing your results, not to mention that it's quite late to do so. Despite your statement that punctuation is not to be considered, it's impossible not to do so, at least for native speakers. We grew up "hearing" punctuation. I found it interesting to compare the quiz's punctuation with that on Tropic of Vector. There are some supposed punctuation errors on Tropic, but it "sounds" much better and more natural than the quiz.
Thanks very much for that remark, as I wouldn't have thought it does actually matter that much. I will definitely take your point into consideration when doing the analysis. The reason why I included the statement is that the example texts were taken from natural languge corpora, and I found some of them awkwardly punctuated, but they are "real life" examples from texts (spoken and written) by native speakers, and I didn't want to mess around with them as a non-native speaker.
And also thanks for your remark about ToV, which I've taken as positive feedback. On another note, I wish I had more time for the blog at the moment, but that will get better after I'm finished with the important stuff