Rather late than never:
Great report - just put a link to this and to Davids report in a
news article on limesurvey.org !
Keep up the great work!
Am 19.01.2011 19:25, schrieb Marcel Minke (Limesurvey):
finally there is some time to sum up my Google Code in 2010
experience and present the results of some of the tasks I
mentored. At the beginning I was a little doubtful if 13-17 year
old pupils could really help us much, that was probably because I
looked at the whole program from the coding point of you. After
all I can say that GCi really brought some great results for
Limesurvey because we could "outsource" lots of the smaller "I
wish I could do that but I don't have time for it" tasks.
One part of the tasks I mentored was about spreading the word
about Limesurvey. A first task was to update and extend the
current Limesurvey article at the english Wikipedia
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LimeSurvey). Based on this new
articles about Limesurvey in the following languages were
- French: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/LimeSurvey
- Romanian: http://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/LimeSurvey
- Bulgarian: http://bg.wikipedia.org/wiki/LimeSurvey
- Polish: http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/LimeSurvey
- Russian: http://ru.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=LimeSurvey
- Belorussian: http://be.wikipedia.org/wiki/LimeSurvey
Wikipedia articles about Limesurvey are no available in 12
languages in total. Feel free to extend and improve them!
Besides the Wikipedia articles there were some blog posts created
Our manual was also overworked. The pages about templates were
and several question types got their own subpages, listing
assigned question attributes and the like. These new pages are
Furthermore we now have a tutorial about how to edit, translate
and add wiki pages
and a PDF on how to create a simple survey (see attachments) was
Some video tutorials were created e.g. on how to edit a template
or how to create a survey from scratch.
Testing the 1.91 version and reporting bugs was another part of
GCi to improve the upcoming 1.91 version and identify weaknesses.
A similar task was to analyse user feedback of previous surveys we
published on limesurvey.org (see "Updated User Survey.docx" for
details) and monitor how new user use Limesurvey ("list.rtf"). The
results were summed up and added as new feature requests to our
idea tracker. Currentlythe results of a survey on icons in
Limesurvey are analyzed to check which icons might be misleading.
Last but not least some sample surveys for demonstrating certain
feature like conditions, quotas, assessments and certain question
attributes were created (see attached .lss files).
It was a lot of work to mentor so many tasks but the results are
just awesome. So much was done during the last weeks and besides
the work I mentioned, also a lot of new features were coded. Maybe
Carsten can sum this up because he mentored those tasks!?
What can we learn?
1. Describe your task as detailed as possible, otherwise you'll
have to answer lots of questions afterwards!
2. If necessary provide the students with a ready to use
Limesurvey installation. Thanks to Limeservice this was no
3. Keep an eye on deadlines. They can always be extended but some
work has to be submitted by the student before extending the
deadline is possible (workflow problem at Googles software).
4. Always try to get a second mentor on board because deadlines
might be pretty tough and you can't have an eye on all tasks all
the time so you run into deadlines (and students have to re-claim
the task again).
5. Don't hesitate to tell students "That's quite nice but...". If
you tell them what has to be improved in detail and how to best do
it they take care of it without complaining.
6. The students are eager to work on our tasks and there have been
more requests than we could find work for. They only withdraw if
tasks were really hard but more often a bad description and
incomplete "how to get started" instructions made them drop a
7. Translation tasks can be outsourced very easily. I think we
could have had 10 more new Wikipedia articles but I didn't find
time to create new tasks.
Let's hope for being accepted for next years GCi, hopefully more
people will be bale to help as mentors. It doesn't take that much
time and it really pushes the project forward.
if you have any questions about a certain task, just ping me.
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