So… the past couple of days have been a “learning experience” with regard to Google documents. Let me begin by thanking the people who volunteered to look over the original version of the survey. You gave some very valuable feedback and I appreciate it. Unfortunately, putting that advice to good use caused a serious problem. It turns out that a Google form can only have 255 data points. If a question has five possible responses, then it counts as five data points. This wouldn’t be a problem if they had warned me first. Instead, what happened was that I started getting error messages. That’s okay, I can adapt. I had hoped to have a simple way to cull out the different groups (GMs, people who also play Pathfinder, etc.), but a series of surveys that work is better than one that doesn’t.
The first section I split off was the GM’s material, which was actually a pretty big chunk. Satisfied, I sent the two surveys out to the volunteers. Once I had the feedback, I began what I believed was the final stretch. Sadly, this was not the case. Once a survey has results, those data points are saved, even if you empty out the data within those cells. Essentially, a survey is like concrete. It sets once someone responds. This is a serious problem. Fortunately, I have two monitors, so I could cut and paste between them. No, you can’t drag and drop between Google documents. Lord knows that would have been too easy.
I have spent approximately seven hours creating four “virgin” surveys (generic, adult topics, GM and edition wars). I’m not going to risk having anyone else test them, but if you have suggestions, please feel free to send them to me here or at firstname.lastname@example.org. It looks as though I will be able to schedule the post for Monday afternoon.
Have a good one!