Re: Personality Types: privacy etc.

Patrick Wilken (
Wed, 18 Nov 1998 23:32:47 +1100

>so heres the idea: get a group of volunteers willing to do something like
>what i did with the meyers briggs test results: collect the info, strip off
>the identities, tabulate and post the data. choose a different person
>for each task: one for meyers briggs, one for are-you-firstborn, one
>for whatever questions are posted and people are willing to answer.
>note: we would not to post on the list like we did with the mb thing,
>but would email privately to the one designated person tasked with a
>given question. this looks like to me it extracts data about a population
>without seriously compromising anyone's privacy.

You might want to check out VoteBot:

>Date: Tue, 17 Nov 1998 10:32:16 -0500 (EST)
>From: Lorrie Faith Cranor <>
>Subject: Votebot
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>An October 26 column in Editor & Publisher discusses
>Leni Mayo's Votebot decision and voting service.
>Read the article at:
>Check out the Votebot site at:
>Votebot is being used for small group elections and opinion
>polls. Mayo hopes to find a partner to use if for a statistically
>sound opinion poll. He wants to compare the statistical accuracy of
>controlled online polling with that of telephone polling. [My guess is
>thatonline polling should do pretty well when the poll is limited
>to those invited to participate. I'm working with the marketing
>research company Digital Research Inc. (
>on an online poll right now in which we've invited a randomly selected
>group of people registered as part of their panel to participate. The
>company regularly conducts polls this way.]
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