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Hi fellow Mastodon admins,

we received a somewhat dodgy e-mail from "Mastodon Survey Admin" <postmaster@oldnewstreet.com> with the subject: "Mastodon State of the Fediverse (July 2022) Survey" today. Our reply was bounced by mailgun.org because "Recipient rejected", so we are posting it here:

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Hi Ashley,

we are not going to take part in your survey because …
– you do not mention who commissioned this survey
– you do not mention who you work for
– you do not clarify which group you refer to in "on our behalf"
– you use a survey service that includes Google trackers in violation
of the GDPR (applicable law of the European Union).

Greetings from Bielefeld, Germany!
the admins of digitalcourage.social
```

The link included in Ashley's e-mail lead to surveyplanet·com.

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@freiheit I've also just got the same vague E-mail, replied to get more info, and my message was bounced back.

#mastoAdmin

@freiheit Same.

My answer was «thank you for your invitation, but I'd expect a survey on #Mastodon to be run with free software, such as #LimeSurvey. Also, what license will the results be published under?»

#MastoAdmin

@nemobis @freiheit Hello, I did some research into the survey software and this was the easiest for me, but didn't come across limesurvey at the time.I'll check it out thanks.

No idea about the license? I won't release the results verbatim or anything that could readily identity anybody.

@shlee @freiheit Ok. I recommend that whatever data you publish should be CC-0, and any text or other original work CC-BY or CC-BY-SA.

Libre #OpenAccess and #OpenData, to give back to the community and the participants. You can use zenodo.org or arxiv.org for publication/archival.

@shlee

Are you the person who wrote that e-mail? Care to clarify anything? /c

@freiheit anything in particular? I can answer the questions in the original post in a short while if you wish.

@shlee Yes, answers to our questions in the original post would be great. /c

@freiheit

you do not mention who commissioned this survey: No entity or group commissioned this, I'm just a guy.

– you do not mention who you work for: I have a day job as a security engineer, but I didn't consider it important.

– you do not clarify which group you refer to in "on our behalf": The target audience of other likeminded instance administrators (anybody who filled in my survey).

– you use a survey service that includes Google trackers in violation
of the GDPR (applicable law of the European Union): I did select the EU/GDPR option on the mailgun mailinglist setup.

Bit more information, This survey was the first of it's kind for me, I feel like I got it 90% of the way there, and I do applogise for the lack of transparency that might have made some people more at ease.

I sent the survey out to a small sample size of administrators selected at random, and I mentioned in a toot that day that I was impressed to see responses like yours that raised concerns about phishing and risk.

FYI: I expected 20 responses, and have about 70 right now. So I'm thankful to those instance admins who replied and took it seriously.

I am just a guy, but the response proves that maybe an official survey should be completed done by a professional and not a keen amateur.

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