I am all about research, as long as it's not at my university

I recently received this e-mail:

Hi, Srah

My name is Dan Li, a second year graduate student at Marquette University. I want your help with a survey on the topic of blogs. I would like to gain a better understanding of why people blog and how their motivations affect their blogging behaviors.

Your participation is strictly voluntary. You may refuse to participate or discontinue participation at any time without penalty. You're welcome to contact me (<phone number removed>; danDOTliATmarquetteDOTedu) at any time if you have questions about the survey. You may also contact Marquette University's Office of Research Compliance at 414-288-1479 with your questions about research participants' rights. If you decide to fill out the survey, your feedback will give me invaluable information about the communication process.

No cookies will be used to collect your personal information in the survey. Any and all information I receive will be kept strictly confidential and will only be seen by authorized members of study personnel. Data gathered from the survey will be summarized in the aggregate, excluding all references to any individual responses.

The online survey will only take about 20 minutes of your time. Thank you for taking the time to help with this important project.

Click the link to access the survey:

Yours truly,

Dan Li
Graduate Student
College of Communication
Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI
<phone number removed>

(I modified the phone and email contact information since this is the internet rather than an email now.)

I enjoy participating in surveys because I've had to create enough of them myself and know the pressures of recruiting subjects. If you're a blogger and want to help him out, go ahead and take the survey!

srah - Tuesday, 29 March 2005 - 11:46 AM

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Comments (6)

gravatar Noor - March 29, 2005 - 2:27 PM -

Actually, he probably contacted you for a reason. Posting the link might ruin his random sample and he can't control his sampling frame. My two cents! :)

gravatar srah - March 29, 2005 - 3:57 PM -

I emailed him to ask!

gravatar Maine - March 29, 2005 - 10:18 PM -

Warning: There will be several follow up emails and surveys to follow. All very long, too.

gravatar Gary LaPointe - March 29, 2005 - 10:48 PM -

I did the survey.

For the one commentor, he didn't ask for an e-mail address.

Optional at the end was a request for your URL. So I'm thinking he didn't have any big limitations on his selection of blogs (no offense intended Srah).

gravatar srah - March 29, 2005 - 11:42 PM -

I just found her blog and found out that Dan Li is a girl!

gravatar Noor - March 30, 2005 - 2:48 PM -

Her site is pretty nice.

We should call her girl Dan.

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