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    2020 Australian Go Census Data

    So the 2020 Australian Go Census has come to an end. The anonymised data can be found here. Honestly, I’m not thrilled with this dataset. I was trying to streamline the process, but looking at it I think I lost more than I gained. The Limesurvey system is fine, but the way it handles data exporting and managing is awkward at best. Maybe I’ve been spoiled by Qualtrics, I don’t know. But more precisely what bothers me about this dataset comes down to the size. In usual, when you run a survey like this, you get a number of completed responses, and maybe double that number in partial responses –…

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    Spreading the Love

    TL;DR: I’d like to donate a portion of the gross income of PacifiGo to organisations that will do good in the world. Details still to be worked out. Asking for thoughts. So, as it says on the “My Story” part of the page, a large part of the reason I started PacifiGo in the first place is because I honestly, sincerely believe that the sheer cost of buying go sets that aren’t awful puts a lot of people, who would have otherwise really enjoyed the game, off getting more into it. Maybe they can’t afford it, maybe they figure dropping $400 on a set for a game that they like…

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    Officially Live!

    This website has been a labour of love – and stubbornness, and frustration – for almost a year now, but I am finally able to say, with a reasonable degree of certainty, that this website is now live and able to accept orders. As of yesterday, it has successfully processed both an order and an international order! Very glad to have reached this level, and again, it couldn’t have happened without Genius Girlfriend 2D’s endless patience and work. And of course your support!

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    2020 Australian Go Census

    So, the website is in a much better shape than it was – many thanks to Genius Girlfriend 2D! But that’s not what I’m writing about today. No, today I’m writing to tell you about the 2020 Australian Go Census. This is an annual survey I run, trying to get a picture of who is playing go in Australia over the last 12 months, where they’re playing, what gets in the way of playing, what they’d like to see done, etc. This is entirely voluntary and anonymous, of course – the most identifying questions asked are gender, age and state of residence, and all of those questions are optional. In…