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From Upayavira>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] Mandatory podling exit interviews
Date Fri, 21 Jun 2013 12:58:18 GMT

On Fri, Jun 21, 2013, at 01:52 PM, Marvin Humphrey wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 2:18 AM, Upayavira <> wrote:
> > As in any such survey, author identity should be optional. Sometimes it
> > can be deduced, but not always, and if someone would rather not mention
> > their name, we should give them that opportunity.
> "Sometimes" preserving anonymity is not good enough.  It would be
> irresponsible of us to solicit candid feedback when identity will be
> revealed
> "sometimes".
> If respondents state that they would prefer to remain anonymous, at the
> very
> least we must limit publication of any natural language responses to
> private@incubator -- which would be unfortunate because it shunts
> discussion
> that ought to take place in public onto a private list.  Furthermore, we
> should tell them outright that they are fooling themselves if they think
> no
> IPMC members will be able to guess who they are.
> I'm not even sure we can realistically preserve anonymity for "scale of 1
> to
> 10", multiple choice, true/false and so on given the very limited pool of
> potential respondents.  We're going to have to think really hard about
> what we
> ask and what we publish -- and if we try hard to scrub and fail, I'm
> going to
> feel really bad.
> Nevertheless, if an "anonymous" option that can only be discussed
> privately is
> the price of consensus, I'm still on board.  It's better than nothing.

Exactly. I've seen many surveys where the name is optional, but 5 of 6
people fill in their name. So much for anonymity.

I would say make the name field optional and have a 'keep my comments
private' tickbox, default unticked. They likely won't be able to keep it
from any members of the IPMC, but at least would allow them to say "you
are a complete bunch of loosers" without it getting into the public


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