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Sep 2, 2007

Dear friends,

Many times I am sent a petition for me to sign which is for a cause which I support but I find that it has too much wrong with it for it to succeed.  So, I don't sign it. 

One  example of what I am talking about is the TARGET.  This should be WHO is going to receive the signatures. It has to be a specific person or an organization that has the authority to make the changes called for in the petition. Also, I will no longer sign a poorly written petition that no one would take seriously. (Or one that has EXPIRED) . It's a waste of time.

Another problem that I find is  with the information that is required which will be viewed publicly. I don't like to sign a petition ANONYMOUSLY but I also don't want my ZIP CODE displayed publicly. I also don't want my age displayed,  so I use 99 or 100. These are privacy issues and alot of people will just skip signing the petition.

Also, I want a full name for the petition author. This person will have access to your e-mail address and sometimes even your home address.

Lastly, I would suggest that if you care enough to SIGN a petition, don't sign your Care 2 screen name. A petition with a thousand signatures consisting of Cubby Bear, etc. will NOT be taken seriously.

If you don't want people to know your real name at Care 2 you have a few options. You can use a different e-mail address not connected with your profile when signing petitions then it won't be displayed under your "butterflies". ( I realize that someone could possibly figure out your real name that you used to sign the petition by the other information displayed.)   Also, you either can use the anonymous feature or change your profile settings so that the exact petition that you got a butterfly for signing, won't be displayed on your profile.

Petitions can make a difference, if we just get it right.

Kristi K
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Posted: Sunday September 2, 2007, 11:13 am
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Alim OROVA (34)
Sunday September 2, 2007, 1:21 pm
Hi Kristy,
Totally;I agree.But A little confusion;cause on screen is my real name,too zipcode...You right;your zipcode,age...mmmm I hope doesn't come any dirty trouble to me.However.I don't care.Ending:From the begining;I signed all your petitions...Sincerely

Pamela R. (159)
Sunday September 2, 2007, 3:48 pm
Thank you, Kristi. You have made some very insightful and thoughtful suggestions here. Food for thought!! The "real" name bothers me too. It's extremely easy to put 2 and 2 together!

Marc Gartmann (142)
Sunday September 2, 2007, 10:45 pm
Thanks for the tips. I hope more people read them.

Barbara Palau-Lipford (1067)
Monday September 3, 2007, 1:40 am
Great post Kristi... thanks for sharing!!!
I don't think a lot of people realize when they sign with their screen name (that is not their real name ie:Cubby Bear) it makes their signature invalid.

Peace
~Barb~

Kristi K. (2035)
Monday September 3, 2007, 8:45 am
Thanks for your comments! I hope that everyone feels free to take this share and start a discussion in other groups to help get the word out. Making our petitions successful is the goal!

Cheryl Benson (390)
Wednesday January 16, 2008, 7:41 am
c2 care names ruin a petition, as goes by address as well. the canadian government needs address and full names as for voting status on line petitons, as well with Harper now, want paper signed ones sent in. I don't sign alot of petitions either due to targets wrong, or who and how petiton set up, like if never heard of person, and even targets are wrong wont' sign either. There is a public petition going around, from another site that you have to fill in address, real name, postal code the reason for this is Canadian laws or supposed laws or harper just ignoring them and his cabinet. thx for blog K. sun

Elena P. (549)
Wednesday January 16, 2008, 7:50 am
Right on, Kristi.

Cheryl Benson (390)
Thursday January 17, 2008, 4:41 am
I can't find the care to petition site right now put on a few others. The successfull ones also are the ones99.99% for Animals. I have asked repeatedly for suggestions for HUMANS, and it is quite the the effort because of liabilities, and more massive awareness and supporters are needed. This is great concern to me. Kristi you run one for Free Stancey Lancelt (sp?) perhaps you can leave some pointers on that. Especially for someone that is actutely ill, disabled, and can only be at computer for minutes of time. Everyone here politically has already been contacted as well as a horde of others. thx

Cheryl Benson (390)
Thursday January 17, 2008, 4:43 am
anyone signing with screeen names invalidates the Petition as well or to varying degrees, they have to be deleted if the author is able to

Past Member (0)
Friday January 18, 2008, 9:40 am
I have only been here since Nov.2007 so this was emailed to me. Great help and I will use this with great need and care..Jaylena:)

Indian h. (120)
Saturday January 19, 2008, 9:48 am
Where is THE rulebook for petitions and signers? On a site such as care 2 should there not be a compulsory page that explains the in's and out's of effective petitioning to the people who sign up for the site. your comments have upset me in that i thought that signing with my screen name was o.k. i am now confused as to whether or not this is so, I do so because i value my privacy of course, as so many others do there must be a way round this.
Also i have noted that some pet.s do not allow me asi am not a resident surely to save wasted time and effort it would be a good idea to have headings on pages/sites that say U.S/G.B./CAN/INT. etc so we know. thanks for the add to the group, already given me food for thought!!

Electra Cy (1005)
Sunday August 10, 2008, 12:18 pm
Nice thread. I use my first initial and my last name, but my first name is on my Avi, and a lot of people know it anyway.

I don't think they display personal info anymore.
Thanks Kristi for all that you do.

Respectfully and sincerely,
D. Carpenter
AKA - Electra *lol*

JAMES S. (23)
Tuesday August 12, 2008, 7:41 am
I've been saying the same thing to my friends on C2!! It also doesn't help the cause when people here have multiple profiles!! One profile, one vote, one signature!!!

Alicya L. (228)
Tuesday August 12, 2008, 1:22 pm
Thank you James for sending me this,
I learned a lot about petitions,thanks to you and now to Kristi.



. (0)
Thursday March 25, 2010, 3:44 pm
HI Kristy,

I fully agree with you and a few months ago I sent an email to all my friends list stating most of what you have just written. However, I still get fwded, what I call, useless petitions. I just don't understand why people sign them. Personally, I will not set up a petition because I feel I will have to do a lot of research before hand to make sure that I at least try to get it right. Its probably like doing a mini course in petition writing.

Now that is an idea, maybe C2 should set up an information section on how to write petitions.

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