I just had a bunch of different Stack Exchange sites open, and I noticed that some but not all of them had a banner inviting me to take the 2019 Developer Survey. Not even all sites in the Technology section, even though the blog post says:

The survey is expected to close on February 12th. If you’re a registered user who completes the survey in its entirety, you have the option to get the Census badge on Stack Overflow or a different technical site in the Stack Exchange network.

(emphasis mine).

I understand that it doesn't make sense to show the (English) survey on foreign Stack Overflow sites, but I was rather surprised to see the banner on Android Enthusiasts which explicitly forbids development questions and not on Programming Puzzles & Code Golf (it has still a beta theme, that might be the cause).

I can write a script to compile a list of sites where the banner is shown, but

  1. I'm lazy
  2. I have to pack for a skiing holiday
  3. I want to know the reasoning behind which sites were selected
  4. All of the above

Follow-up question: does the list of sites where the banner is shown coincide with the list of sites where you can get the Census badge?

  • Hmm, might be queryable then on SEDE by sunday to look for the census badge. But I'm with your number 1. ... – rene Jan 24 '19 at 21:25
  • I'd do that on Sunday but for reason 2... – Glorfindel Jan 24 '19 at 21:25
  • I'll put the query together tomorrow. i need some sleep first – rene Jan 24 '19 at 21:27
  • I think you can wait - the survey hasn't been up since last Sunday. Or has it? – Glorfindel Jan 24 '19 at 21:28
  • Yeah, I can look for the badges awarded last year and then see what got added in 2019. Will keep me occupied over the weekend – rene Jan 25 '19 at 9:26
  • I've checked some top users returned by this query and it seems they've been awarded in the past on (*.)SO only. – Glorfindel Jan 25 '19 at 9:28

Curiosity got the better of me and I wrote a small script to investigate. Here are the results. The following sites show the banner and have the Census badge:

The foreign Stack Overflow sites have the Census badge but not (at the moment) the announcement banner.

I'm still looking for an (official) answer how these sites have been selected. pictures Shog9 throwing darts at https://stackexchange.com/sites?view=grid

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