One idea that grew from this thread about the number of developers whose jobs are supported by WordPress was that we should try to get more information about the WP developer community at large. There are probably hundreds, maybe thousands, that have never registered at WordPress.org, let alone been to a WordCamp or subscribed to this blog. It would be interesting to know about them, and also to give them an opportunity to participate in (and maybe even contribute to) the community.
I’m planning on including a link to a survey in the 3.2 announcement post. Because the email goes to end-users as well as developers, this is a great opportunity to capture some feedback from them too. We’ll open source the anonymized/aggregate raw response data and probably present some of the analysis at WordCamps too, like the upcoming State of the Word at WCSF.
The goals of the survey are:
- Gather data on the number and nature of companies and independent developers that use WordPress. (How many jobs has WP created?) Use this both for some static reporting, but also to track trends over time if we do a similar survey next year.
- Provide the community with a picture of the end users. What people and companies use WordPress, and how?
- Inspire greater participation in the community through awareness and the opportunity to receive more information.
It’s currently sitting in the wiki at http://codex.wordpress.org/User:Pjad/WordPress_User/Developer_Survey
What do you think? Any questions missing or ones we should re-word?