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This year's survey is officially open! We've added a few new questions based on your feedback from last year and we are really looking forward to publishing the results in January.

Once you've taken the survey, we will send you (US or Canada) a limited edition sticker as a small, yet terrific, token of our appreciation.

To participate, click here.

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I want stickers in Europe too. =( (Yeah, shipping costs, I know.) – J. Steen Dec 12 '12 at 16:13
Seriously? You write jQuery but not javascript?! – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Dec 12 '12 at 16:26
You have offices in the UK/Europe. You should be able to organise a bulk delivery to there and then post the stickers locally. – ChrisF Dec 12 '12 at 16:31
Is there a difference between jQuery and JQuery? – CoffeeRain Dec 12 '12 at 17:40
Perhaps its obvious, but what is the privacy policy for this survey? – Jack Dec 12 '12 at 17:55
When can we expect something in Asia? :) – Subhrajyoti Majumder Dec 12 '12 at 19:12
@Austin it's a trap, if you select JQuery you don't know what are you talking about... it is jQuery, of course. :) – jachguate Dec 12 '12 at 20:37
I want stickers in India too... – Abdul Rahman Dec 13 '12 at 2:10
Why only US/Canada?? Stackoverflow is also highly used by Indian users. – Paresh Mayani Dec 13 '12 at 5:18
Please make those to India too :) – nu6A Dec 13 '12 at 7:05
Users from india also love SO as much as US/Canada users... so plzz include india also....... – Jeegar Patel Dec 13 '12 at 7:36
I'm in the UK. I don't mind going to your London office to get the stickers, but... I want my sticker! – finitud Dec 13 '12 at 12:19
Oh come on.. We dutchies founded the united states and we don't get stickers? I DEMAND YOU RETURN NEW AMSTERDAM (New York) TO US! – Damien Overeem ツ Dec 13 '12 at 15:27
I want a pony.. – satyrwilder Dec 14 '12 at 10:09
Stickers for India!! – yati sagade Dec 14 '12 at 12:09

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I completed the survey and just want to add two things about the last part. In Canada we don't have:

  • A state
  • A zipcode

The equivalent would be:

  • Province
  • Postal Code

To some of you this may seem irrelevant, but too many sites forget about this detail and most of the time formats do not match. (Zip Format: xxxxx / PostalCode: format xxx - xxx).

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If there was a site where I would expect these things to be (for once) handled correctly, this would be the one. Maybe this is why you can't ship stickers to Europe? – tripleee Dec 13 '12 at 9:05
...Or maybe it's because the format is handled by SurveyMonkey, and not Stack Overflow. – Jezen Thomas Dec 13 '12 at 9:27
@AlisonS No problem. Will I still get my sticker if I entered my infos as Zip and State? :P – ʞunɥdɐpɐɥd Dec 13 '12 at 18:53
Canada? It exists? I thought that was just an urban legend. :-D – Tom Collins Dec 16 '12 at 16:22
@TomCollins Yeah we just got electricity a few weeks ago. – ʞunɥdɐpɐɥd Dec 17 '12 at 14:17

First, a bug report. The "Which of the following languages or technologies have you used significantly in the past year?" question lists both jQuery and jQuery. I suspect that's an oversight and only jQuery should remain.

Second, I don't understand how you define "company" for very large organizations that are broken down. For someone like me, there's a massive conglomerate on top with different businesses inside of it, which are often broken down into SBUs and then sites. The number grows from 500 to a site to 10k for the business. More clarity should be provided.

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-1 you can never have enough jQuery. – Yannis Dec 12 '12 at 18:36
@Yannis But you can have too much JQuery. jQuery > JQuery and I don't even do this new fangled web stuff. – Thomas Owens Dec 12 '12 at 18:37
I made sure to enter jQuery under "Other" along with these to make sure it gets noted. – asawyer Dec 12 '12 at 19:08
+1 jQuery vs JQuery. Get it right its jayQuery, imagine if that was a control question! jay is John Resig's pet hamster. – Jeremy Thompson Dec 13 '12 at 1:27

I got my sticker for participating in the survey!! :D


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I'm Czech - not a choice,
a student - not a choice,
don't make money off anything programming related - not a choice, etc.

Truly, a well thought-out survey. I applaud you.

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There is only a limited list of technologies for which I am supposed to be exited? My favorite technology is not among the possible choice, what a shame.

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Instead of adding "What Country or Region do you live in?" it should be better to add the list of all countries.

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The Radio Buttons in the survey aren't clickable on my iPad mini.

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Please allow to skip questions... page 3 is an overkill, I don't have time to read all that!

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Gave up after it became obvious this is about targeting ads and Careers 2.0 posts rather than actually improving the site.

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Nowhere in when you ask about what your industry is do you provide 'Web Marketing' ... Is this 'Web Services'? I think these are 2 majorly different areas.

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"Including bonus, what is your annual compensation in USD?" -> is this before or after taxes? You know, in the EU is 50% off (no kidding, taxes eat more or less half your wage in many EU countries)

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I find it not very surprising but none theless absurd that the survey is so biased to northern america. I'd guess from the lack of english skills and the shear number of users on SO that quite a lot of the community lives in "the rest of the world" I as quite a few others couldn't pick my country (Denmark) and some of the questions are just fun. "How important is a 40 hour work week to you" Well I wouldn't take the job because that's above a standard work week. The salary is immensely funny as well seeing that the wages are a factor of magnitude higher in northern europe than in the states (and so is the taxes) which severly skews the picture you won't find a programmer with an academic background with less than $100000 a year and $150000 is common which is above the top option, similar can be said about most of the questions regarding what's important when choosing a job

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Please rate the Advertising you've seen on Stack Overflow

The way that question is presented is a bit out-of-whack, in my opinion. It provides a ratings scale on a question that would be better answered with yes or no.

How can I strongly disagree that "I click on ads that inerest me"?

That doesn't make much sense.

Or, how can I strongly disagree about the fact that I use an ad-blocker? Either I use one or I don't.

These are YES/NO questions. How can you rate a yes or no answer?

Perhaps a better way would be to ask, "How often do you use an ad-blocker" and allow the user to say, "Very Often", "Often", "Sometimes", "Never", etc.

Or, maybe the question would be better split into parts in order to provide better information:

  • Do you use an ad-blocker?
  • How often do you use an ad-blocker?
  • How often do you click on ads that interest you?
  • Do you appreciate the advertising on SE?

What types of purchases are you involved in?

Ah, this is another one! You are given a checklist of things to choose from, such as "hardware", "servers", etc. and then, and THEN there is consultant - honestly, I've never seen a consultant for sale in Best Buy! Ha ha!

I think that is a bit strange, no?

Which of the following best describes your occupation?

I think this question should allow you to choose multiples. What if I am the "back-end developer" AND the "front-end developer" AND the "customer support" AND the "web-developer".... The question asks what best describes you, but all of those best describe me. Sometimes we IT guys just plain do everything, especially in the smaller operations.

All that being said, I actually kind of enjoyed taking the survey! If, whilst using my ad-blocker, that is a way I can give back to Stack Overflow, then I'll fill out the survey next year too.

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The columns would then be called "Very Often", "Often","Sometimes", etc. You can't "disagree" about the frequency of an action. A frequency is a fact, not an opinion. "I agree" or "I disagree" or "I strongly agree" expresses an opinion. The column headers don't make sense. However, "yes" and "no" can at least express the frequency of whether the fact happens or not. – bgmCoder Dec 15 '12 at 23:59
Maybe you use an ad blocker, but you feel kinda bad about it :) – asmeurer Dec 16 '12 at 3:53
Why would you feel bad about it? It seems to me that if you use an ad-blocker it is because you either 1. don't have any money (like me), 2. want a clean environment (like me) 3. are not interested in shopping whilst solving problems (like me), 4. don't want the distractions (like me). But don't get me wrong - ads support SE, I completely understand that. If I were in a different situation, I might not use an ad-blocker. – bgmCoder Dec 16 '12 at 22:49

Mozambique is not on the locations list :-(...

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Why don't you simply list all countries of the world in the "Country or Region" selection box? Your choices are almost random it seems. For example in Europe you're listing Russia, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Ok, you got the first 5 countries by population, but the Netherlands is the 10th by population, you skipped Spain, Ukraine, Poland and Romania.

Why suffer all this criticism when you could simply list all countries. It seems like half the "Answers" to this "Question" are related to missing or ambiguous countries or regions. Not to mention it's a "delicate" subject. I mean, I'm from Romania, why are Germans listed and not us? Sure there are many countries, but if you know they're all, you'll immediately find your country in an alphabetical listing. In my case there are only 3 countries that start with the letter "R". You'll then be able to aggregate the data as you wish: by continent, by spoken language, by average temperature in January.

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Some questions got me paranoid. How does company make money from mobile app?

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By selling it, perhaps? – Adam Lear Dec 17 '12 at 22:54

Why do you ask what my reputation is? Can't you get that information automatically?

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The survey is hosted on a third-party platform, which doesn't integrate with Stack Exchange. – jmort253 Dec 16 '12 at 3:44
The survey is designed to be at least potentially anonymous. Asking for the username would break that. Plus, there are a lot of duplicate usernames. We'd have to ask for userids or profile links, and I bet more people know their rep than their userid without having to look it up. – Adam Lear Dec 16 '12 at 4:23

Under "Which technology products do you own?", I believe you forgot one important one:


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I think it's assumed that more 99% of SO users own it. – Andrei Botalov Dec 15 '12 at 9:27
@AndreyBotalov I would think 99.99% – Veger Dec 15 '12 at 22:42
@AndreyBotalov I think that is a rash assumption. Times change, and if a student has access to a desktop PC at school, and owns an iPad or Android tablet, they might be tempted to try and avoid the cost of maintaining their own desktop PC. The bottom line though is that if you don't ask, you'll never find out different.. – Andrew Thompson Dec 16 '12 at 1:55
Yeah I was a bit puzzled by this one too. I answered on the assumption that there was an implied "not counting desktop/laptop computers" qualification. – Ross Smith Dec 18 '12 at 1:46
Perhaps some people code directly on their Wii... – PhiLho Dec 21 '12 at 14:04
my nook runs CM10; do I check nook, android, and android tablet? :) – ysth Dec 25 '12 at 21:49

"How would you best describe the industry you currently work in?" is missing an option for government (at least 15% of the US workforce).

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Where you ask how much one plans to spend next year, the $5,001-10,000 range is missing.

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What are the privacy considerations of this? If one wants the swag, one has to link one's name, salary with an address. Is that being sold?

Did I miss a privacy blurb stating SO will not sell your information related to this questionaire?

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Not enough people asking this. For a sticker, nah not worth it. Give me the image online and I will print out the sticker – demongolem Dec 14 '12 at 21:31
How is this so far down! Upvote. – nycynik Dec 19 '12 at 22:53
I'm kind of concerned no SO employee or mod has addressed this... – djechlin May 9 '13 at 15:58

There should be another option for the last page of ads I don't see any ads because of my rep. Because I wasn't sure I just mainly did neutral. But I think doing neutral could affect the results.

If by ads you mean the Careers image that never changes. I wouldn't consider that an ad as it never changes and is still a SE product.

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This survey is for employed people only?

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I don't work in ANY industry – I am a student.

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I recall that at another question, you were able to answer that you're a student. – Rob W Dec 14 '12 at 15:47
Yeah but why radio button when they can put checkbox ? In this way, user1774214 could check 0 checkbox and then, later, precise he is student ! – 4wk_ Dec 17 '12 at 8:18

I wonder if in 'Types of purchase' you shouldn't include books?

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Yes, I worried about this one, too. Some people still read technical books! – PhiLho Dec 21 '12 at 14:05

"Tester/QA Engineer" isn't available as a choice in the occupation selector. It should be available. I think the number of SO users with such a job is large enough to be taken into account.

Similarly, the option "Developers" is absent in "What other departments/roles do you interact with regularly?"

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I miss Caribbean in the list of regions.

Which should I choose? Central America? South America? The Greater Antilles like Cuba can be considered part of Central America and the Lesser Antilles like Curaçao can be considered part of South America. Although technically completely wrong, is it okay to consider my region like that for this survey?

In terms of "regions of the world", Wikipedia considers it to be part of North America, which is IMO incorrect. The site as Richard the Kiwi is referring to in his New Zealand defense, Caribbean is mentioned as in "The Americas and the Caribbean", indicating it to be a separate territory. In terms of area and population, the Caribbean is however calculated together with Central America.

To avoid this confusion, it'd make sense if Caribbean becomes a separate entry in the list of regions.

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I notice one of the questions asks "If you make a software product, how does your company make money?". There's no answer provided to that for "it doesn't".

This also implies that my making a software product has some direct connection to my company making money (once again assuming that the company does, in fact, make money).

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Yep. Also, how much money does the University that I work for make? Is it really relevant... – Austin Henley Dec 12 '12 at 21:37
And what about internal software that doesn't make money but helps other software make money...? – redhotspike Dec 18 '12 at 16:52
Yea, lots of folks make sofware that the company uses, to make money, not to sell. – nycynik Dec 19 '12 at 22:50

Where's the generic "Programmer" option for "Which of the following best describes your occupation?"

I basically do anything they need that's programming related, including but not limited to:

  • Building/Maintaining websites and web applications
  • Building/Maintaining custom desktop applications
  • Building/Maintaining add-ons for existing 3rd party software
  • Building/Maintaining reports
  • Database administration
  • IT/Tech Support
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I would venture to say that most professional programmers are working on business applications. A large percentage of them run on what they are calling "back-end" servers, and may not have anything to do with http but what the people here might call "legacy" platforms, but this is where business runs, and anyone with less than "11+" years of experience is probably a junior member of the team. – WarrenT Dec 16 '12 at 18:47

This question caused my a high level of anxiety because I believe it is highly ambiguous enter image description here

Although I believe I make a software product it isn't something that we sell. You see at our company we have a large group of oompa loompa's, the leaders of these oompa loompa's come to us and tell us to "Build this awesome thing we need" and we do. They then attempt to use it, with varying degrees of success. Once this takes place the head oompa loompas return and make demands for further changes which we oblige this is a cycle that repeats here at my place of employment.

Given this scenario I wasn't sure what to answer, I clicked other but it has since caused me a great deal of anxiety. Are my efforts not to be considered a software product? If not then I could not truthfully answer the question at all yet I was forced to choose "Other"

Again, I find the entire question highly ambiguous.

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I make a software product which is part of a physical product, and isn't sold separately. I guess you could say it's a 'mobile' app - except the mobile is a 60-tonne machine... – Benjol Dec 14 '12 at 6:20

I got stuck at 2nd page of survey having below question:

How would you best describe the industry you currently work in?

I mean to say what if i work for multiple domains so user must be able to check multiple answers.

And after filling out some of the questions, questions are being arised in my mind. Why questions are arised? Because there are some of the questions i doubt, why stackoveflow is asking such questions:

  1. If you make a software product, how does your company make money? (You can choose more than one) => How this is going to be useful to stackoverflow community?
  2. What is your involvement in purchasing products or services for the company you work for? (You can choose more than one)
  3. What types of purchases are you involved in? => Why stackoverflow is asking purchase related question?
  4. What is your budget for outside expenditures (hardware, software, consulting, etc) for 2013? => Again why stackoverflow is asking such questions? Is stackoverflow planning anything to sell out or opening online stores?
  5. What types of purchases are you involved in?
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Those questions are relevant to StackOverflow's advertisers; it will hopefully allow SE to charge more. – SLaks Dec 13 '12 at 14:41
Questions like these are normal. They then show advertisers, "These are the type of people we have, you should target your ads to these types as they have purchasing power or make these products". – random Dec 14 '12 at 4:24

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