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Re: [RC] Surveys - and what they mean - Diane Trefethen

Hi Mike,

I just took the poll and I apologize for having procrastinated. We've had some fires out here (I have a bunch of excuses <bg>) but truth is I kept thinking I had plenty of time because when you first announced the poll, I *did* have plenty of time.

Thank you very much for putting the effort into this survey. I agree that the small reply % is disappointing but keep in mind that people often just don't "listen". We have a famous example of this from President Franklin Roosevelt who on one occasion greeted guests at a function with, "I just killed my grandmother." It is reported that only one guest seems to have heard him and responded, "I am sure she deserved it."

So vis-a-vis the survey, it's difficult to gauge how many people didn't respond because they didn't care, or because they didn't read about it, or because the fact there *was* a survey somehow didn't sink in.

It might be instructive to conduct one or two "disguised" surveys, ie, surveys ostensibly about one thing but really about who and whether members will respond to any survey. For instance, you could make some truly outrageous proposal and then ask for member input, something like, "It has been proposed that rides be considered over 1 hour after the first place horse crosses the finish line and no mileage awarded for any horse still out on the trail." Hopefully that would draw a maximum number of members out of the woodwork :)

Again, thank you for the survey. I hope you'll do more of them. If you want or need help with the surveys, I would be happy to be of whatever assistance I can.

Best regards, Diane

Michael Maul wrote:

The wt division survey was publicized on all the email lists and written up in EN so that even those not on the lists would know about it.


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