These are the results from the February 2013 survey conducted by Michael Tuck (blackmax) of the History Commons.
These responses are also available at Survey Results from the February 2013 Survey on our supplementary Web pages.
Last week, we asked the History Commons community to respond to a brief survey designed to help us shape the future of our coverage.
We had a total of 82 respondents — thank you for such a strong response!
Here’s the results. All questions allowed for multiple answers, so all of the results add up to far more than 100%. (Percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number.)
The first question asked: What projects (timelines) created by the History Commons do you find most useful?
- First: 75% found the Complete 9/11 Timeline most useful.
- Second: the Global Economic Crisis project, with 45% choosing it.
- Third: the US Domestic Propaganda project, with 44% choosing it.
- Fourth: Civil Liberties, with 39%.
- Fifth: US Domestic Terrorism at 36%.
- Sixth: Climate Change, at 34%.
- Seventh and last of the projects listed: Prisoner Abuse, at 28%.
- 14% said “other.”
Second question: Which topic(s) would you most like to see the History Commons address in the future?
This question gave the respondents a chance to focus on where they’d like to see new coverage.
- First: by far the most popular topic for new coverage is “Corporate Influence on Society and Politics,” with 76% of respondents indicating this as their choice.
- Second: WikiLeaks, with 49%.
- Third: Social movements (civil rights, LGBT, women’s rights, etc) at 29%.
- Fourth: Violence against women in the US military, at 20%.
- Last of the listed topics: Netroots Neutrality, at 19%.
- 17% of the respondents also listed “Other.”
Third question: Which projects (timelines) on the History Commons do you think are NOT being addressed enough?
This one surprised me a bit. We’ve long wanted expanded coverage of the Global Economic Crisis and Climate Change projects, but neither of those came in first.
- Most popular: Genetic engineering (GMO), at 44%.
- Second: Global Economic Crisis, at 39%.
Third: Climate Change, 38%.
- Fourth: US Conflict with Iran, 33%.
- Fifth: War in Afghanistan, 23%.
- Last of the listed topics: US Electoral Politics, at 14%.
- 19% of respondents said “other.”
Fourth question: What should the History Commons focus most on in the future? (You can add your responses from earlier questions here, or make your own observations.)
Among the topics listed that individuals want covered are:
- “privacy and confidentiality” (expansion of the Civil Liberties coverage, presumably)
- “the Kashmir dispute” (as part of the US International Relations project, I’m assuming)
- a “new 9/11 investigation” and related topics
- “corporate influence in politics,” campaign finance issues, and gerrymandering (some of which are currently being expanded as a part of the Civil Liberties project)
- guns and weapons profiteering
- “Employment / Work Force / Automation”
- goverment secrecy, whistleblower prosecution, and government-sponsored assassinations
- US relations with Israel
- women’s rights as a human-rights issue (we’ve suggested this before as part of a larger Social Movements project)
- the US as an imperialist national security state
- US and global poverty, child and human exploitation
- more coverage of the 2001 anthrax attacks
- more Middle East coverage, using Islam and the West and A Line in the Sand by James Barr as key sources
- cyberwarfare, drones, robotic war
- NATO’s increasing influence on Eastern Europe; the globalization of NATO
- overpopulation as it connects to climate change and resource depletion
- a bigger focus on “systemic/root causes”
- food systems, resource depletion, and GMO production
- a request to provide “contrary views” of “CAGW,” presumably a reference to the Citizens Against Government Waste think tank
- more coverage of climate change (this is one of the highest priorities on our “need more coverage!” list)
- “New World Order” corruption and “global governance”
- expanded coverage of the 7/7 London bombing attacks
- Operation Gladio
- the JFK assassination
- “created weather”
- the US “war on drugs” using The Strength of the Wolf: The Secret History of America’s War on Drugs by Douglas Valentine as a key source
- sustainability issues
- the “destruction of justice” under the Bush and Obama administrations
A comprehensive list, to say the least. We have some of these reflected on the History Commons New Topic Listing, where we’ve listed topics that we’d love to see covered by new contributors or existing contributors looking to shift their focus.
The fifth question indicated that 25% of respondents were interested in volunteering to write for the History Commons.
The sixth question indicated that 25% of respondents were interested in donating to keep the History Commons going.
Again, thanks to everyone for participating in this survey. I’m sharing this information with the other administrators today. You can always discuss topics for new or expanded coverage on this thread, or on any other thread on the History Commons Groups Blog. We want MORE contributors and MORE coverage. You can help write history on the History Commons. Please consider doing so.