Peaceweb Survey Results [Return to Peaceweb Home Page] October 23, 1996

Results from Peaceweb's First Visitor Survey

June 13 to Oct. 23, 1996


The results from our first visitor survey follow.

We received 82 responses between June 13 and October 23, 1996.


Tell us what you think of Peaceweb ...

1. How did you find out about Peaceweb?

 4.8 %   Read a printed article
14.3 %   Heard from a friend
35.7 %   Searched the Web
32.1 %   Jumped from a link in another Web page
 3.6 %   Saw advertising
 9.5 %   Other source

2. What originally brought you to Peaceweb?

35.9 %   To find information on peace
16.5 %   To find information on other social concerns
26.2 %   To find information on Quakers
21.4 %   Other reason

3. Have you shared any information from Peaceweb with friends or colleagues?

31.7 %   Yes
17.1 %   No
51.2 %   Not now, but I would be willing to do so in the future

4. If the above answer was yes, how did you share this information with others?

56.4 %   Gave them the Web address
12.8 %   Gave them print-outs from Peaceweb
10.3 %   Sent them email with information from Peaceweb
20.5 %   Other method

5. Which feature of Peaceweb has the best content?

12.1 %   Roots of Quaker Service
 7.6 %   Profiles of Individuals
10.6 %   Profiles of organizations
47.0 %   Links and Suggestions for Action
18.2 %   Peaceweb News
 4.6 %   Visitors Book

6. Which feature of Peaceweb has the best design?

30.8 %   Roots of Quaker Service
12.8 %   Profiles of Individuals
 7.7 %   Profiles of organizations
20.5 %   Links and Suggestions for Action
25.6 %   Peaceweb News
 2.6 %   Visitors Book

7. Which issue of Peaceweb do you like the best?

58.3 %   Peace
13.3 %   International Development
 5.0 %   United Nations
23.3 %   Children and Peace

8. How would you rate Peaceweb overall?

19.4 %   Outstanding
59.7 %   Very Good
19.4 %   It's OK
 1.4 %   Needs Work
 0.0 %   Poor

9. What changes or additions would you like in Peaceweb in the future?

51.0 %   A reader feedback section for each topic (such as "Your Opinions on Economic Justice")
12.2 %   A magazine format every other issue (not always a single topic)
16.3 %   A magazine format every issue
 8.2 %   A special issue on the following topic
12.2 %   Other change or addition
10. What do you think about the Quaker content of Peaceweb?

19.0 %   There is too little specifically Quaker content
79.3 %   There is just the right amount of specifically Quaker content
 1.7 %   There is too much specifically Quaker content

11. How frequently do you visit Peaceweb?

41.5 %   This is my first visit
50.0 %   I visit occasionally
 8.5 %   I visit frequently


Tell us how you browse the Web ...

12. Where else on the Internet do you get information similar to that on Peaceweb?

 5.0 %   The OneWorld Web page
 9.2 %   The NonViolence Web site
12.6 %   The American Friends Service Committee Web site
25.2 %   The Religious Society of Friends Web site www.quaker.org 
 4.2 %   The Friends General Conference Web page
14.3 %   The QUAKER-P mailing list
10.9 %   The QUAKER-L mailing list
 9.2 %   The  newsgroup soc.religion.quaker
 9.2 %   Other site

13. How do you usually find out about Web pages?

 6.2 %   Newsgroups
11.9 %   Friends
 7.8 %   Magazines
31.1 %   Search tools such as Yahoo, Lycos, Alta Vista
 8.3 %   Signatures at the end of email messages
 4.7 %   Newspapers
21.2 %   Follow URLs from other Web sources
 1.6 %   "Cool Site" listings
 7.3 %   Other

14. What are the primary uses of your Web browser?

17.1 %   Academic Research
 3.4 %   Business Research
31.5 %   Browsing/surfing
19.2 %   Education
18.5 %   Work/Business
10.3 %   Other

15. Would you classify yourself as a search, text, or visually oriented user?

29.3 %   Prefer to query sites/databases (keyword search)
52.0 %   Prefer to view textual pages (text)
18.7 %   Prefer images, etc. (visual)

16. What is the primary place you access the WWW from?

62.2 %   Home
29.7 %   Office
 5.4 %   Distributed work place
 2.7 %   Other

17. At which location do you have an Internet connection?

46.9 %   At home
22.2 %   At work or school
30.9 %   At home and at work/school

18. If you have an Internet connection at home, what type is it?

73.1 %   From a commercial Internet service provider
 1.5 %   From a FreeNet or a community access network
19.4 %   From a school or university
 6.0 %   Other

19. Can your Web browser display tables?

94.4 %    Yes
 5.6 %    No

20. Do you turn off graphics usually when you browse the Web?

85.3 %   No
14.7 %   Yes

21. Which Web browser(s) do you use?

 0.0 %   Air Mosaic
 0.0 %   IBM Web Explorer
 1.2 %   internetMCI
 1.2 %   IWENG (AOL)
 3.5 %   Lynx
 1.2 %   Mircosoft Internet Explorer
 1.2 %   Mosaic
 7.1 %   Netscape Ver 1.0
52.9 %   Netscape Ver 2.0
24.7 %   Netscape Ver 3.0
 4.7 %   PRODIGY
 2.4 %   Other

22. How do you connect to the Internet?

21.5 %   Direct connection
 0.0 %   2400 baud modem
 6.3 %   4800 baud modem
 2.5 %   9600 baud modem
39.2 %   14400 baud modem
25.3 %   28800 baud modem
 5.1 %   modem faster than 28800 baud


Tell us a bit about yourself ...

23. Which of the following categories best describes your primary occupation?

 8.2 %   Computer Professional
 7.1 %   Manager
31.8 %   Professional (non-computer)
20.0 %   Educator
12.9 %   Student
 8.2 %   Retired
11.8 %   Other

24. Are you a member or attender of a Quaker Meeting?

54.9 %   Yes
45.1 %   No

25. If so, which Monthly Meeting? (tabulated by geographic area)

26.7 %   Western U.S.A.
15.6 %   Midwest U.S.A.
22.2 %   Eastern U.S.A.
24.4 %   Canada
11.1 %   Overseas

26. If you are part of a Monthly Meeting, how do those in your Meeting use the Internet?

19.0     Per cent in Meeting who have email access only
15.1     Per cent in Meeting who have World Wide Web access
 6.8     Per cent in Meeting who get QUAKER-P or QUAKER-L

27. Where do you live? (tabulated by geographic area)

27.6 %   Western U.S.A.
 9.2 %   Midwest U.S.A.
31.6 %   Eastern U.S.A.
22.4 %   Canada
 9.2 %   Overseas


Thanks to all who participated in Peaceweb's first-ever visitor survey!

- Carl Stieren, Peaceweb Co-ordinator