LimeSurvey

LimeSurvey is a free software useful to create forms or surveys.

A LimeSurvey in action for the Wikimania 2021's call for volunteers.

FeaturesEdit

Some key features of LimeSurvey:

  • full data ownership
  • support to encrypt answers at database level (e.g. to encrypt name, surname, email, etc.)
  • ability to translate questions in multiple languages[1]
  • support for different question types[2]
  • support for custom configurations and dependencies between questions
  • backup and restore
  • ability to export answers in multiple open formats (to process them with your favorite tools)[3]
  • ability to edit an already-started survey without losing answers (but please design a good questionnaire from the beginning)[4]
  • e-mail notifications (to monitor survey adoption)

ProvidersEdit

There are numerous LimeSurvey hosting providers.

Manager Provider Type Domain Tracking Volunteers can add survey
Wikimedia IT Wikimedia IT self-hosted wikimedia.it No Yes: contact WMIT info
Wikimedia CH Wikimedia CH self-hosted wikimedia.ch No No; try contacting WMCH
Wikimedia Foundation LimeSurvey GmbH as a service limesurvey.net No No; try contacting WMF[5]

HelpEdit

Here are some human beings who can help you with this tool:

Feel free to add yourself in this category to provide help!

Ethical valuesEdit

Features apart, LimeSurvey can also be appreciated for some ethical values dear to Wikimedia projects (think about MediaWiki):

Client FLOSS Server FLOSS No third-parties Risk of data leak by mistake[6] Provided by WMF
LimeSurvey Yes[7][8] Yes[9] Yes[10] No[11] Yes [1]
Google Forms No[12][8] No[13] No[13] Yes[14] No
Qualtrics No[12][8] No[13] No[13] (please add this info) Yes

NoteEdit

  1. Translating LimeSurvey
  2. Question types in LimeSurvey
  3. Export responses in LimeSurvey
  4. How-to update or add questions to a live LimeSurvey
  5. At the moment, there is not a way to request setting up a community survey on https://wikimediafoundation.limesurvey.net/ but the Wikimedia Foundation Global Data and Insights team looks forward to exploring options to make this available in the future.
  6. Some solutions are designed to in no way allow the ability to show all survey data to the public.
  7. This solution works without proprietary JavaScript executed on your computer.
  8. a b c https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/javascript-trap.html
  9. The server of this application is free software.
  10. This solution allows you to exclude any third party company.
  11. LimeSurvey has an option to show aggregate statistics; it does not support exposing specific responses in the open. This avoids many issues caused by human mistake.
  12. a b This solution requires some proprietary JavaScript to be executed on your computer or device.
  13. a b c d In this solution it is not possible to manage everything on your server (on-premise) or it is not possible to do it using only free software.
  14. Google Forms has an option that, if set by mistake, can publicly display all personal and sensitive information to all survey participants (such as first name, last name, nickname, email, sexual identification, etc.). This already happened in an official Wikimedia survey on Google Forms.