Askia – Christmas cards for surveys

Rather than sending out cliché christmas cards, for the last 8 years we’ve had the pleasure of crafting… well, different cards. These are generally the result of too much alcohol, very long meetings as well as the fact that Jérôme & Patrick like cross-dressing!

Each year, our founding members therefore alternate for their our pleasure. Below are all seven beauties in chronological order:


This first christmas card was designed in the midst of the 2008 credit crisis and featured Patrick as a half-naked Santa Claus:

2008 christmas card


This second christmas card was sent out a couple of months after we released version 1.0 of our Askia Design Controls… that ran at the time on Adobe’s Flash :)

2009 christmas card


The below christmas card was designed as we had just opened our Mannheim office!

2010 christmas card


This christmas card was our version of 2012 London summer Olympics and featuring Jérôme (our Harold Abrahams) competing against Patrick (a rugby version of Eric Lidell) on the beach in Normandy:

2011 christmas card


Three years ago, we took a jab at DIY survey tools:

2012 christmas card


In 2013, after releasing askiavista 6.0, Askia Design Controls 2.0 as well as our Zendesk-powered Help Centre, Jérôme went full frontal as a sumo:

2013 christmas card


Last year, we invited Wonder Patrick to help us celebrate our new Los Angeles office

2014 christmas card


This year, we decided to honor the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by unleashing our one & only: Princess Leia Organa Sopoçko!

2015 christmas card

So, the next 12 months will provide the usual batch of software updates, fixes and new features… until we release our next Christmas card!

Knowledge base updates

Below a quick introduction to the latest articles added to our Knowledge base by our tech support team.

Significance Testing for Overlapping & Independent Samples

This article gives more information on the situations in which overlapping samples can be sig tested in askiaanalyse. This KB article explains the correct tests to use when testing for significance in independent or overlapping samples.

Significance testing diagram

If you are sig testing columns and it’s the case that a respondent belongs to more than one column (e.g. in a multi-coded question or loop summary table) then the most statistically accurate tests to use are the paired tests. Otherwise, it’s the independent tests.

Check out the knowledge base article for the detailed version.

Clean up your askiafield environment

As with many server applications, we, as users, tend to let our askiafield server environment clutter with files, leftover metadata other useless tidbits. These can slow down the host environment and even impact production performance.
We have added a complete guide to get rid of this unused data, free up some space on your askiafield server.

From freeing up memory to speed up application responsiveness to backing up your SQL data and askiafield data to save storage space.

More information in the full article.

Programming Column Significance

This 3-part article details the use of Student Test column significance calculations in askiaanalyse. Each part of this article concentrates on specific aspect of these calculations:

1. Classical Student Test

This article demonstrates a scenario in which which we would need to script the formula for Classical student test on closed question. It shows the formula and gives two examples on how to program it with a few tips on how to refine the syntax and mirror settings in the pre-set col sig calculation.

2. Student test using estimator

This article demonstrates how to script the formula for Student Test using estimator on closed questions. Formula and syntax are shown along with tips on how to mirror particular settings in the pre-set col sig calculation.

3. Student test using efficiency coefficient

This article demonstrates how to script the formula for Student Test using efficiency coefficient on closed questions. Formula and syntax are shown. There is also a demonstration of calculating Effective base manually.

Read this 3-part article: