[HacktionLab] Anonymous survey tech?
thebrentc at gmail.com
Mon Dec 17 13:20:45 UTC 2018
So thanks for the discussion everyone. Some good points. Add privacy as
another thing that's hard in computing!
I'll make a play for a network23 blog. There is some tradeoff against
usability to consider, so other possible option is just hosting a survey on
shared hosting, with informed consent about data storage.
Other infos as an aside:
I've installed limesurvey to try, it seems quite good- quite powerful,
slightly technical, but not too bad.
For unique respondents, limesurvey has option of giving out tokens to known
invitees to track completions; from the software:
"If you used an identifying token to access this survey, please rest
assured that this token will not be stored together with your responses. It
is managed in a separate database and will only be updated to indicate
whether you did (or did not) complete this survey. There is no way of
matching identification tokens with survey responses."
I keep looking for a nice wordpress plugin to do generic forms that isn't a
restricted freemium model and ideally saves data in nice standard database
tables, without success. There also doesn't seem to be great survey plugin
options. If any wordpress-heads have tips, welcome. Btw I've done some WP
these days, so happy to try answer others' questions on list or off.
On Tue, 11 Dec 2018 at 12:00, Charlie Harvey <charlie at newint.org> wrote:
> On 11/12/2018 11:07, Michael Rogers wrote:
> > On 11/12/2018 10:51, Charlie Harvey wrote:
> >> On 10/12/2018 17:47, naomi wrote:
> >> Given you have to store your responses anyway, you could just use the
> >> row id in your database to store it and rely on your database to
> >> increment it.
> > How does this detect multiple responses from the same person, which was
> > the reason for suggesting storing the hashed IP address?
> Hi Michael,
> It can't do that - but that's inevitable if the system is anonymous (as
> far as I know).
> Hashing the IP (or IP and UA) won't work for detecting duplicate
> responses either.
> For example in a university or large workplace you're probably sharing
> an IP address and if you're using one of their machines it'll have the
> same useragent string. So if two people at a uni or workplace submit
> responses you'll get the same hash and it'll be flagged as a duplicate.
> Charlie Harvey
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