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Re: Web based Surveys



Actually, building a survey that was web-based where
we didnt have to send out a mailing is easy.  We build
them all the time.  I am happy to volunteer to make a
survey, using check boxes for mult choice, fill-in,
radio buttons, etc.  Publish a link on the AMSAT web
site.  Might me somewhat limited, but the people most
active and interested are likely the ones visiting.

My personal opinion is that public opinion shouldnt
necessarily drive what AMSAT does.  Ie., like
television, which is completely driven by public
opinion, you see how that has worked out.  Nor do I
think television should be completely dictated like in
some socialist countries.  But I do think it is handy
to know what people think we might be doing wrong or
how to improve.  We do this in our operations on a
continual basis.

Michael  K3MH



--- Emily Clarke <w0eec@AMSAT.Org> wrote:
> At 07:25 PM 5/6/2004 +0000, Al copland wrote:
> >I am not a web designer, it is not my field. I'm an
> ICT engineer, but were 
> >AMSAT willing to go down the road of a full survey
> based on a membership 
> >database, I could certainly consult our web
> designers at my workplace or 
> >elsewhere  about the possibility of commisioning
> such a project.   The 
> >real question is whether or not the AMSAT BOD would
> embrace voting for 
> >all, rather than statistical methods.
> 
> The idea of Web Surveys is very controversial at
> best.  For very carefully 
> and politically correct opinion oriented questions
> this is OK in small 
> doses - notice the type of polls run by CNN - they
> will give you a lot of 
> insight into this process (and this is run by Gallup
> - the experts in the 
> field.)
> 
> Trying to take something as complex as designing,
> building and launching 
> satellites and putting that out to the general
> membership would be chaotic 
> at best.  Of the 4000 members of AMSAT I suspect
> that only one-half to 
> one-quarter ever visit the website, if that.  Then
> there will be those who 
> are loud and opinionated on the mailing list but who
> aren't members.  Do we 
> allow people on the mailing list who aren't members
> to participate because 
> they have loud voices and claim to represent the
> silent majority?  One 
> might make the argument that participation of former
> members would improve 
> the process and possibly bring them back into the
> flock.  So where do you 
> draw limits?
> 
> Although I have no idea if AMSAT recruited
> professionals to design and 
> implement a membership survey, I have read enough
> about the process they 
> are using to conclude it's as valid as any other
> I've seen 
> recently.  Although I was not a recipient of the
> survey, I'm pleased to see 
> that the management is making some effort to get
> it's finger on the pulse 
> of the organization in some way.
> 
> - Emily
> 
> 
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Michael Hatzakis, Jr MD 
Physiatrist, Treating Individuals with Neuromuscular Disabilities 
Consultant, Information Technology Based Health Care Solutions


	
		
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