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Anonymous feedback forms revisited

23 Post author: gwern 01 December 2013 02:50AM

In 2011, I added an anonymous feedback form to gwern.net. It has worked well (116 entries) and justified the time it took to set up because it encourages people to correct various problems or tip me off on things. If you have a site, maybe you should add one too.

For the full writeup, see http://www.gwern.net/About#anonymous-feedback

Comments (15)

Comment author: Vaniver 01 December 2013 03:33:58AM 8 points [-]

I'm glad it worked out well for you! In particular, it's good that you've got another vector to get praise; your site is fantastic and you deserve it.

The cybering and extortion were amusing, if nothing else.

Should I infer anything from you not specifying "the cybering request"? :P

Comment author: gwern 01 December 2013 03:56:21AM *  11 points [-]

Should I infer anything from you not specifying "the cybering request"? :P

The request was hilarious, but I didn't respond. I want a woman who will love me for my body, not because she has a Spock fetish! Or... something like that, anyway.

(I haven't posted it or the other feedbacks because I'm sure everyone assumed their feedbacks were private and wouldn't be shared publicly years later, even if I deleted the obviously identifying information like email addresses or names.)

Comment author: gwern 19 March 2017 01:06:36AM 0 points [-]

That said, excerpting some of the praise of myself seems harmless enough, so as part of a sort of experiment in whether adding social proof (such as in some tweets) will help my Patreon profile, I've excerpted a number of them to https://www.patreon.com/gwern

Comment author: Kaj_Sotala 01 December 2013 03:00:00PM 7 points [-]

Interesting. I've held off with creating an anonymous feedback form of my own, given that I occasionally have a somewhat thin skin and some self-esteem issues, but that was with the expectation that the feedback would be predominantly negative (since people are usually much more likely to voice criticisms than praise). I would not have anticipated as much positive and as little negative feedback.

Comment author: Luke_A_Somers 01 December 2013 08:40:44PM 6 points [-]

Did the last two categories overlap?

Comment author: gwern 01 December 2013 09:03:18PM 2 points [-]


Comment author: Douglas_Knight 01 December 2013 06:03:17AM *  6 points [-]

Yes, you should do a log plot

plot(Visits ~ Day, data=feedback,log="y")

but I prefer ggplot

qplot(Day,Visits, data=feedback,log="y")

Comment author: gwern 01 December 2013 02:39:34PM 1 point [-]

I prefer ggplot2 too, but due to an ill-considered invocation of fdupes I yesterday trashed my local R installation, among other things, and haven't had time to make things right (I was busy with the Sheep Marketplace fallout and then writing up the post).

Comment author: gwern 23 December 2013 02:44:01AM 5 points [-]

Extortion: 1

More details: http://www.gwern.net/Blackmail#anonymous

Comment author: pewpewlasergun 08 December 2013 08:57:02AM 0 points [-]

What's the difference between corrections and criticism? Did you get any that changed the way you do things?

Comment author: gwern 08 December 2013 03:54:28PM 0 points [-]

Corrections are things like 'you have a typo in X' or 'your CSS is broken' or 'you forget this'. Criticism is closer to, to paraphrase one, 'X is the worst thing on your site, is incredibly embarrassing, and you should feel bad for ever writing it.'

Comment author: ShardPhoenix 01 December 2013 07:21:21AM 0 points [-]

On a not very related note, what were your conclusions from the Hacker News posting experiment? The articles seemed to do quite well.

Comment author: gwern 01 December 2013 02:40:32PM 4 points [-]

I haven't finished yet. I seemed to have been hit with a massive submission penalty which makes me unable to reach the main page anymore, though, so I will probably stop soon.

Comment author: Douglas_Knight 01 December 2013 04:03:14PM 1 point [-]

Can you tell if the submission penalty is for your account or for your site?

Comment author: gwern 01 December 2013 04:28:26PM *  4 points [-]

Account, I think. All my submissions languish at +1. One or two since the penalty have made it to the main page, and those two were non-gwern.net, but I can't judge from just those two whether there is an additional gwern.net penalty.

EDIT: I asked one of the HN admins and he said there was no penalty on my account or site he knew of, so I'm not sure what it is now.