Win an iPad Mini!

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Stephanie Hutchinson, a Ph.D. candidate at Edith Cowan University, Australia is conducting a survey into the motivations behind posting behaviour within a brand community, and given that this is a good example of such a community, has asked me to encourage you to complete it.

To encourage you even more, she's offering an iPad mini to one lucky participant, drawn randomly from all entries once the survey has ended.

You must be over 18 to take part, but can be located anywhere in the world. Here's the link to the survey. Thanks!

Update: Stephanie has now modified the survey to ask for an email address at the end. She apologises profusely to those that have already completed the survey and asks that should you wish to be entered into the draw, that you complete it again.

42 comments on this article

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By in Belgium,

As the whole survey was anonymous, how would she know who the winner is?

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By in Germany,

Came here to ask that. She only has my (dynamic) IP, not even the email address. (Not that I care for an iPad.)

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By in United States,

I concur. Hard to find an anonymous contributor.

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By in United States,

hmmm, just completed the survey without ever entering any identifying info... oh well.

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By in Netherlands,

The survey didn't even ask for an email address. The "win an ipad mini" is just a trick to get muggins like me to fill in the survey.

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By in Germany,

Perhaps this is still a beta version (I noticed some horrible typoe's). And she does know my age bracket and that I was born in the Soviet Union, so I guess that does narrow it down a bit.

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By in United States,

I just emailed Stephanie Hutchinson and asked her this question. We will see if she replies and will post back here if she does (or at least she now knows I took the survey and has my information...so I guess I am guaranteed to be the only winner??). :P

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By in United States,

I was about to say the same thing. That's funny. It even states at the beginning of the survey that any information collected will not be sold to anyone, so it gives the impression they plan on asking for your name/e-mail.

I don't need an iPad mini technically, but it'd still be nice to win something.

Hope her research is a success.

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By in Germany,

Or perhaps this is just an elaborate scheme by Huw to make us participate in our beloved community even more. I have now posted more comments in this thread than in all other threads combined over the course of the last two weeks.

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By in United Kingdom,

I mailed her, too. It's probably just a mistake in the survey. Let's see what she answers.

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By in United States,

iPad minis are awesome. I was just given one for my birthday.

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By in Canada,

I probably should have read the comments here first, eh? Ah well...

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By in Denmark,

This is such a joke about the iPAD mini... I too should have read the comments first!

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By in United Kingdom,

Good point, everyone, about it being anonymous! I'll ask her to clarify ASAP!

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By in United Kingdom,

I wonder if you have to comment here to say you took the survey... I did! (Just in case! :P)

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By in Canada,

Damn, I was ABOUT To read the comments first... Duh, I guess I can't complain...

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By in Germany,

did the survey but :/
hope it gets clarified soon

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By in United Kingdom,

Having seen the comments above, I glad I followed my normal practice of sprinkling some lies into online surveys.

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By in United Kingdom,

Yeah. Shame. Filled in the questions, turns out to be scam as there's no where to enter anything more specific than where you were born...

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By in United States,

Im interested to see the results and be entered to win the Ipad.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm sure Stephanie did not mean to deceive anyone but given there's no obvious way to be identified for the prize draw I've re-worded the article.

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By in United States,

@Huw: That's OK, I took the survey anyway. It was OK, but some of the questions seemed redundant to me.

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By in United Kingdom,

I just completed it, and at the very end it asked for my email address so that I can be eligible for the competition

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By in Australia,

My partner has worked for this University for 8 years - I have asked him to look into this.
EDIT: Survey is legit.

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By in United States,

So, in this survey, by "this community", do they mean Brickset, or what?

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By in United Kingdom,

Having people complete the survey twice will invalidate the results, unless she's going to discard all responses before the email field was added?

I mean 100 people saying they log into the community 1-2 hours a day, may only be 50 actual people if half of them did the survey twice.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Yes, we'll have to let her sort that out!

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By in United States,

I was coming to post what LouiseDade said. With the level of professionalism what I have witnessed in this study... grammar mistakes, a prize offer, no way of rewarding the winner of that prize, double entries... I don't know if this candidate is ready for a Ph.D.

Sigh though, I guess It's more about paying the bill than the learning...

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By in United States,

Reply from Stephanie:

"Hi Evan, I have written to the administrator of the site and explained that I made a huge blunder, so if you are not too annoyed could you do the survey again as I have now put in a spot at the end for your email address (I know I have your email address but I need it embedded in the survey so I can randomly choose a winner)
Thanks so much for your help and patience.
Regards
Steph"

So now my question is if I do it again, will that not throw off the survey results?

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By in Canada,

FYI, the survey STILL doesn't ask for personnal info.

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By in United States,

yet another thing I wont win

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By in Canada,

A few thoughts:

I just went through the survey and there were a few points that should be fed back to Stephanie:

-By "community" does she mean the overall LEGO Community, or the Brickset Community? My answers would vary greatly: I post a lot in some forums, hardly at all on Brickset.
-The survey is poorly laid out. It makes no indication of how long it is, how far through you are, pages are various lengths and it does not seem thought through.
-There is still no email address entry at the end. While I would do such a survey regardless of the ipad situation, blundering that twice (I'm not meaning to be accusatory here) gives the impression of being mislead and is a good way to lose the goodwill of people.

-John.

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By in Australia,

Survey takes about 5 minutes to complete, just incase anyone is unsure.

Email address box was at the end of the survey I just completed.

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By in United States,

I agree about the definition on "community." Also, she doesn't make it clear if this is an international contest.

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By in United States,

That's funny I'm getting an I pad mini for my birthday.

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By in United Kingdom,

Consider 'community' to mean 'Brickset Community'.

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By in United Kingdom,

Email address was at the end when I did it! Though I have to agree, the grammar/spelling issues are a little odd, and there must be some throwing off of results by having people retake the survey - unless she is studying how avarice affects the Brickset community ;)

However, I was noticing it was very slow when I was doing it, sometimes not even loading pages - is this from all the Brickset traffic? (The fabled Brickset effect?)

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By in United States,

there's a fundamental flaw with some of her questions, none of them have N/A or 0. I am sure there are members who NEVER participate in the forums. (me for one)

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By in United Kingdom,

This is a Lego website, this quiz makes no utter sense?!?!

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By in United Kingdom,

What Samuari says.
This is meant to be a survey built for a Phd ? I should have got one when I had the chance !

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By in Belgium,

thanks Huw for checking this with her; just finished re-doing the survey.
I hope she can have it arranged to have the "double entries" removed from the survey as otherwise the data won't be significant.

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By in United States,

Not all that important, but I did notice at least one typo. On the second page of questions the word "believe" was misspelled.

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