[Wikimediaindia-l] Fwd: [Wikimedia-l] Surveys using third party tools on Wikimedia projects

As a consequence of the promotion of a Google forms based survey this

week by a WMF representative, a proposal on Wikimedia Commons has been

started to ban the promotion of surveys which rely on third party

sites like Google Forms.[1]

Launched today, but already it appears likely that this proposal will

have a consensus to support. Considering that Commons is one of our

largest Wikimedia projects, there are potential repercussions of

banning the on-wiki promotion of surveys which use Google products or

other closed source third party products like SurveyMonkey.

Feedback is most welcome on the proposal discussion, or on this list

for handling impact, solutions, recommended alternatives that already

exist, or the future role of the WMF to support research and surveys

for the WMF and affiliates by using forking open source software and

self-hosting and self-managing data “locally”.


  1. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Village_pump/Proposals#Use_of_off-wiki_surveys_using_third-party_tools