The idea of a Go-meme (which I owe to Nova Spivack) is that it involves a "track list" at the end of the post, rather like an extended hat-tip, with links to those who passed on the meme "upstream" of you. This allows us to track the meme's propagation through blog-space: just search google for your GUID (global unique identifier - it should be a short string that currently yields no results in a google search) to find all those who subsequently picked up the meme "downstream" from you. It also provides an incentive to join the meme, so as to receive all those bonus links.
To enhance the information value of the data that this meme produces, I've added a few demographic questions, plus the two dimensions assessed by the Political Compass quiz. I think it would be especially interesting to learn if there are any correlations between particular personality traits and political or religious positions.
Note that if you do not wish to take the Political Compass test, you may instead respond by indicating your general economic and social positions (i.e. "left" vs "right", and "libertarian" vs "authoritarian"). But the data would be more accurate and useful if you do the actual test and record the exact numerical results.
Finally, I should say something about the 'open source' nature of the data that this will produce. It is, I think, one of the most appealing aspects of the whole experiment. The resulting data will be publically accessible to anyone who does a google search for the GUID ("pixnaps97a2"). They can analyze the data however they like, and put it to any non-profit use. (Creative Commons license.) So I hope that, if the meme takes off, some keen statisticians out there will take advantage of it, and see if there are any significant correlations to be found. If anybody ends up doing such an analysis, please do contact me so that I can update this post with the details and results.
Anyway, here it is:
Overview: This post is a community experiment with two broad purposes. The first is to create publicly accessible data about bloggers' personalities, which may have sociological value in addition to being just plain fun. The second is to track the propagation of this meme through blogspace. Full details and explanation can be found on the original posting: http://pixnaps.blogspot.com/2005/06/meme-worth-spreading.html
Instructions (to join in the experiment):
1) Take the IPIP-NEO personality test and the Political Compass quiz, if you have not done so already.
2) Copy to the clipboard that section of this post that is between the double lines, and paste it into your blog editor. (Blogger users may wish to use 'compose' mode to preserve formatting and hyperlinks. Otherwise, be sure to add hyperlinks as necessary.)
3) Replace the answers in the "survey" section below with your own.
4) Add your blog information to the "track list", in the form: "Linked title - URL - optional GUID".
5) Any additional comments should go outside of the double lines, including the (optional) nomination of bloggers you wish to pass this experimental meme on to.
6) Post it to your blog!
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Began blogging (dd/mm/yy): 19/03/04
Political Compass results
Activity Level 27
OPENNESS TO EXPERIENCE: 90
Artistic Interests 81
1. Philosophy, et cetera - pixnaps.blogspot.com - pixnaps97a2
2. (add your entry here)
Okay, that's all. Do consider joining in -- these memes are always fun, but this one might actually serve an independently useful purpose in addition.
To get the ball rolling, I'm going to nominate: Clark, Jason, David Farrar, P.Z. Myers, and You. Yes, that's right, You. Hop to it! :)
Update: More (including some preliminary results) here. A new meme, also worth spreading, is here.
Update II: Results are HERE.