As a researcher, I sometimes need to make small changes to research recruits. For one study we needed with writers whose stories got lots of recommends. I wanted these writers to have published recently so the experience would be top of mind.
The query I got from our data scientist returned writers who had published within the last 2 days. Two days proved too restrictive for my recruit — we didn’t have enough results to work with. So I went to the query and changed the variable.
I got the info I needed without delay, and I didn’t have to bother my colleague with yet another task.
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During a diary study, I needed to ask participants different questions based on their publishing frequency. Checking each writer’s profile was tedious. So I wrote a short query that told me when these participants had last published something. Easy enough, and it freed time for more interesting work.
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With tasks like those described above, I eventually became familiar more with our metrics. Reviewing queries gives me a better understanding of our key metrics. This put me in a stronger position to understand how metrics translate to the user experience, and why they go up or down.
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