[Ardour-Users] What is to be watermarked?

Matt Zagrabelny mzagrabe at d.umn.edu
Mon Aug 16 09:45:15 PDT 2010

On Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 9:06 AM, Ross Johnson
<Ross.Johnson at homemail.com.au> wrote:
> Paul Davis wrote:
>> On Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 4:06 AM, John Rigg <au at jrigg.co.uk> wrote:
>>> On Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 12:02:35PM +1000, Ross Johnson wrote:
>>>> Kevin Cosgrove wrote:
>>>>> Not sure the sample size of volunteered information would be
>>>>> significant enough.
>>>> The sample size is nowhere near as important as getting a random sample,
>>>> which is the biggest problem I see with these schemes.
>> its only an issue for certain uses of whatever information resulted.
>> as a way to guage the likely size of the user community, and its split
>> between linux and OS X, its probably not that important for it be
>> highly random.
> If you get N responses from MacOS users and M from Linux then you can say
> that there are at least N MacOS users and at least M Linux users. That's
> about all you can say and if that's what you want then ok. The numbers might
> be high enough on their own to argue for vendor support, or whatever the
> purpose is, but if you wanted to know where to put most development effort
> then it's very tenuous.
> If you want to extract more from the numbers then I think that inviting
> users to register at a web page would get you a more random cross section
> (but possibly smaller sample size) because the response is independent of
> the system they use or the way they acquired the product. You may be able to
> do both ideas (phone-home and registration) to get a higher confidence
> level.

I would agree that a web site might be the way to go, than a phone
home. I mainly use ardour on a system that is not on the net. If the
'export dialog' asked me to go to register.ardour.org and tell me
about my setup, I would.


-matt zagrabelny

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