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Re: [gaypros-392] Optional Survey for next Salon on "Relationship Diversities"- 3/6/13 7:00 p.m.

From: Duncan M.
Sent on: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 8:35 PM
No harm done, Richard, at least as far as I'm concerned.  I didn't know that the group has used polls like this before.  I just find online polls annoying in general.  And not only online ones: I've come up against surveys by graduate students here at IU who wanted participation from our GLB Speakers Bureau, and they're almost always awful. Don't their advisors look at them before they are used?

Again, I'm sorry I can't be there for this one.  Should be interesting.

Duncan

On Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 6:54 PM, Richard Suh <[address removed]> wrote:
Dear Everyone,

Thanks for the feedback on the survey.  It appears that some of you felt it was not well-worded or was limiting or may have reinforced prejudices.  We certainly didn't intend that to be the case.  Keep in mind, we in the planning committee didn't intend the survey to be used for anything than a mere conversation starter.  It is no way going to limit or frame the entire contents of the salon.  Also, we hope you keep in mind that this is the first time we've ever tried this prior to a salon and we may not have vetted the contents of the survey as thoroughly as we could have.  Thanks for the feedback and we'll keep it in mind the next time we send out a survey.

With all that said, we hope you still find the next topic on Relationship Diversities intriguing enough to join us at the actual salon.

Thanks,

Richard
Co-Organizer


On Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 2:22 PM, Keith <[address removed]> wrote:
Can I kindly suggest that those of you who wish to discuss this please set up a Google hang out page or other device instead of replying respond all. Thank you!
 
On Tue, Feb 26, 2013, at 02:18 PM, Heron Saline wrote:

This kind of survey or test is a model.  By their natures, models are simplifications.  They are not intended to
represent you in detailed accuracy but to locate important and pertinent variables, and when their is an adequate
sample of responses, to identify trends that may deserve further exploration. 

They're kind of annoying, aren't they!?!  I hope there will be a good turn out at the event to balance this great starter
tool and bring nuanced discussion, including parts of our beautiful, complex selves that this survey completely missed,
for our learning and choice-making!!

cheers,

Heron

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On 2/26/13 12:37 PM, Duncan Mitchel wrote:
I agree too that the survey was slapdash.  I managed to answer all the questions, but only by picking answers that I wasn't really happy with, from the ones available.  I hope no one will try to draw any conclusions from the results.  This wouldn't keep me away from the meeting -- if anything, it makes me want to attend even more -- but it's too late now for me to arrange to travel.

On Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 10:37 AM, Marc Matheson <[address removed]> wrote:
Thank you, Devon, for your reasoned response.
 
I took the survey and also found it limited; my take is that the questions are superficial, continuing a mainstream materialistic approach based on race, money, politics and other predictably confining parameters.
 
Is wealth, youth, beauty, exoticism and like-mindedness all that we yearn for? Is there nothing deeper, more profound, meaningful or ultimately transformative in our love quests?
 
I completed the essay but in the end felt tainted. American society is already enough of a cookie-cutter community, reduced to stereotypes rather than appreciation of the individual. I believe we can do better, that we can improve and change the situation. Throughout history gay people have done so and now, more than ever, are called to do so again.
 
Respectfully,
 
Marc Matheson.





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