Invitation to participate in an online survey of a HKU student's project | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Invitation to participate in an online survey of a HKU student's project

Dear Gwulo users,

My name is Rachel and I'm a part-time MSc Library and Information Management student at University of Hong Kong. I'm currently working on my Capstone Project which examines user participation in online community archives, using Gwulo as a reference point.

I would like to invite those of you - who are 18 years old or above, and have visited and/or contributed content on Gwulo, to participate in an online survey. The survey will take no more than 15 minutes and will be entirely anonymous, for you will not be asked to provide any personal data (e.g. name and age) that might disclose your identity.

The survey will be closed on 16 June 2021 at 00:00 -

If you have any questions regarding the research, please feel free to contact me at (or leave comments below) or my supervisor, Dr. Alvin Kwan at If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, please contact the Human Research Ethics Committee, University of Hong Kong (Tel: 2241-5267).

Lastly, thank you David for allowing me to post this survey and thank you all for your kind participation!

Best regards,



I have received responses from some of you, and your comments are very enlightening. I would like to express my gratitutde to all of you who helped to return the questionnaire though I cannot thank you personally because of the anonymity of respondents.

If you have friends (and their friends) who have visited and/or contributed content on Gwulo before, please kindly invite them to participate as soon as possible.

Best regards,


Hello Rachel,

Thank you for the update - have you learned any surprises from the replies so far?

I'll mention the questionnaire in this week's newsletter, which I hope will bring you some extra replies.



PS I've just answered the questionnaire, and wasn't sure if the "Where are you from?" question wants to know where I was born, or where I live? Might be one to clarify?

Hello David,

Your kind support is much appreciated! Hope more returns will be on the way.

Concerning your query over the "Where are you from?" question, I wish to know what home country the respondents are from and so I have slightly amended the question to make it clearer.

Best wishes,


I've answered the questionnaire and took "Where are you from?" to mean "Where were you born?". In normal conversation I would say I am from Hong Kong since I immigrated here many years ago. (Albeit that the Communist regime is making it increasingly unattractive to stay, so I am revisiting that decision.)

I noted a technical problem that when opening the questionnaire in certain devices, the instructions and the option 'Other' on the Google Form may appear in Chinese characters (or in any other language probably due to the built-in language settings on your devices) though everything else including the questions are still in English. If this happens to you, please contact me at and I can email you a word file of the questionnaire to complete.

Thank you!