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Topic: 02/20/09 - Carnegie Mellon Study on DIY Communities and Projects  (Read 15196 times)
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« on: February 20, 2009 09:35:24 AM »

Some researchers at Carnegie Mellon University contacted us to see if we could help spread the word about a study they are doing on DIY Communities and Projects. Its exciting to see this topic get attention from such an esteemed university.

Below is the link to the survey. Its 7 pages long and it took me under 10 minutes to complete it.

http://tinyurl.com/DIYCommunities

It would be awesome if this study gets lots of participation!
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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2009 10:23:36 AM »

Done. It was a quick survey. Nicely designed.
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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2009 11:11:37 AM »

I took the survey, quick and easy. I'd be interested to know what they're doing with the data, what conclusions they draw, etc. The DIY, craft-revival, reuse/refashion trend is terrific, people creating and expressing themselves instead of consume, consume, consume.
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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2009 11:15:52 AM »

If they end up sharing or publishing the results, I'll report back here! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2009 01:43:52 PM »

That's not how you spell "Craftster".  Tongue
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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2009 02:09:08 PM »

Interesting survey! I'd also like to see the results if they ever come out/get published.
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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2009 03:18:07 PM »

I took it. Interesting questions.

Shame they couldn't spell Craftster right.  Undecided
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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2009 10:48:17 PM »

Nice finished Smiley thanks for posting that leah i hope it helps something!
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« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2009 09:08:02 AM »

I just took it, it was pretty thorough.
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« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2009 04:31:54 PM »

i'd love to see what they do with it, the questions were definitely interesting. i agree that they needed to proofread it though!
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« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2009 10:32:39 AM »

I suggested in the final comment box that the scope was a little narrow. I browse here everyday and try to see everything, and I post some work here, but a lot more of it ends up posted on Deviantart or in Livejournal groups. I spend a lot of time browsing blogs and DA or Flickr for crafty inspiration, so those are important DIY communities too. 
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« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2009 06:19:54 AM »

Painless and easy survey.  I am glad I took the time to participate in such a interesting survey.  I am glad someone is taking the time to further research this topic.
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« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2009 11:50:13 AM »

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« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2009 11:37:12 PM »

I just finished it and it only took about 5 minutes.
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« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2009 09:47:46 AM »

I live somewhat near the campus of CMU, so if there's an article in our local paper about it, I'd be happy to share a link.  Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2009 03:46:08 PM »

You would think with college educations, they would think to edit and proofread. 

I took the survey and will pass the word around to my friends as well. Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: March 03, 2009 07:40:23 AM »

just took the survey. quick and easy. though i agree that they should possibly have broadened their horizons.
hey, at least they are doing this at all right?

also, i noticed they did correct the spelling of Craftster! yay.
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« Reply #17 on: March 04, 2009 07:20:13 AM »

Great survey!
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« Reply #18 on: March 04, 2009 07:24:07 AM »

I took it!
I agree it is exciting that the movement is getting so much mainstream attention.
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« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2009 02:33:30 PM »

I took it as well and felt there were plenty of opportunities to add whatever thoughts one might want to share. I hope we get to see the results, too, so I'm bookmarking this, just in case. Thank you for the link, Leah!
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« Reply #20 on: March 06, 2009 09:58:58 AM »

I'll repeat what I said there:
In my world and age group (early 40's), we either ignored or weren't exposed to sewing and I am constantly amazed by the younger craftsters on this site.  They are teaching themselves to sew without patterns, classes or FEAR.  They have taught ME so much - they don't sweat the small stuff like hanging threads, unpressed fabric and "correct" technique.  I wonder if we should approach teaching others with the same attitude.  Have fun and be creative first and come back when you have a technical question.
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« Reply #21 on: March 06, 2009 01:36:51 PM »

All done!
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« Reply #22 on: March 06, 2009 11:35:16 PM »

Great survey, I too think it's about time someone researched the movement further - I could write a thesis on Craftster myself!  Cheesy
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« Reply #23 on: March 07, 2009 01:35:36 PM »

A very timely survey, indeed, and wonder if it was inspired by something I recently heard on one of my favorite craft podcasts. (I have absolutely nothing to do with the podcast, I'm just a fan.)

I subscribe to Craftypod, a great audio podcast with a variety of topics and interviews (the host, Sister Diane, interviewed our founder of Craftster, Leah a while back!). Sister Diane said that after seeing a display about Indie crafters that was filled with misinformation about the movement, she blogged about it and asked for feedback on her site. I believe this is what lead to her most recent interview with a gentleman by the name of Mike Hartnett. Mr. Hartnett publishes a newsletter called "Creative Leisure News" and realizes the importance of the Indie movement, and is seeking feedback about what we want in the way of supplies, projects and the like. Both Sister Diane and Mr. Hartnett would like to open the lines of communication between crafters and suppliers so that we can work in conjunction with one another so that we can all earn a living at what we love to do.

Just thought I'd throw that out there.
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« Reply #24 on: March 09, 2009 07:06:59 AM »

yay I finished it too Cheesy very interesting survey.
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« Reply #25 on: March 10, 2009 06:39:55 PM »

done and done...less than 5 minutes of my time, well spent.

I, too would like to hear if anything is done with this data Smiley
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« Reply #26 on: March 12, 2009 12:14:51 AM »

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« Reply #27 on: March 13, 2009 07:34:24 AM »

I'll repeat what I said there:
In my world and age group (early 40's), we either ignored or weren't exposed to sewing and I am constantly amazed by the younger craftsters on this site.  They are teaching themselves to sew without patterns, classes or FEAR.  They have taught ME so much - they don't sweat the small stuff like hanging threads, unpressed fabric and "correct" technique.  I wonder if we should approach teaching others with the same attitude.  Have fun and be creative first and come back when you have a technical question.


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« Reply #28 on: November 09, 2010 09:33:34 AM »

Hi Everyone! Thanks for filling out our survey!

I just posted some of our results here:

http://www.instructables.com/id/A-Few-Insights-into-DIY-Projects-Communities-and-/

We'd love to hear your feedback!
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