Re-distributing a survey to some of the same people-- is this a problem?

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Re-distributing a (slightly tweaked) survey to the same people; is that a no no?

Apologies if this is the wrong subsection.

I want to try to replicate some findings from a survey I distributed a few years ago (the sample size was about 500 people). Is it a problem if some of the people who filled out the original survey take it again? Is this an academic faux pas?

If so I could ask them to refrain from responding if they've already taken it (but then again it was a few years ago and I'd be surprised if anyone remembered whether they had or not). Any tips/input?
 
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Karabiner

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Re: Re-distributing a (slightly tweaked) survey to the same people; is that a no no?

Is it a problem if some of the people who filled out the original survey take it again?
It depends.
Is this an academic faux pas?
No, it just is possibly a problem. You did't mention how many repsondents you
believe will answer twice. Or what you do the survey for. Or if you want to
perform tests of statistical significance.
If so I could ask them to refrain from responding if they've already taken it (but then again it was a few years ago and I'd be surprised if anyone remembered whether they had or not). Any tips/input?
Let them respond anyway, but let them indicate whether they had taken
the survey before. If there is enough additional (soziodemographic)
information in the survey, you could match the old and new responses.

With kind regards

K.