having been involved in tons of focus groups, I think having a poll is a good idea, but we need to do it correctly. I'm wondering if there's anyone that owes perl a favor who is connected to any of the focus group agencies that do this sort of thing for a living. Rather then guess.
I'm not that convinced that yet another popular poll is the best approach. It's always insightful gathering the opinions of others, but how would the Perl community benefit exactly from such an effort? I believe that 'what matters' is already pretty much our driving force and that our true true need is making this more visible to the rest of the world.
There's a Perl Foundation grant outstanding for the Perl survey , that I started at the beginning of this year. After a bit of work, deadlines for the new Catalyst book exploded in my face, but now that is finished, I'll be doing a proper scientific survey on the Perl community. Thanks for the suggested questions!
It is important to note that focus groups are different from polls. In a focus group the focus is on unconscious imaginations people have on a given subject, then the marketeers try ways how to relate the product to the positive imaginations. Because of the methods used a focus group cannot be too big. An opinion poll on the other hand is more about the big numbers.
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