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HELP NEEDED FROM MOMS

Postby mynameistrixie » Wed, 20 Oct 2010 9:39 pm

Hi there,

I am a student from the National University of Singapore currently doing a research on cloth diapers. I was wondering if anyone in this forum able to help me out with it.

You can go to this link to fill up the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/B87PCDR

It will only take 5 to 10 minutes to fill it up (virtually). It'll benefit the future cloth diapering community as well as help us find out why people use cloth diapers among other queries.

Thanks for your time and hope to hearing from you soon! :)
Anyway if you have any queries on our study or anything at all, don't hesitate to pm me or email me at mynameistrixie@hotmail.com


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Postby durain » Wed, 20 Oct 2010 10:23 pm

i change the diapers at home. since you only looking for moms, i cant help you.




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Postby mynameistrixie » Wed, 20 Oct 2010 10:38 pm

Hi durain,

YES YOU CAN ACTUALLY! :)

Simply go to this link to fill up the survey! :)
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/B87PCDR

Thanks alot for your help, really appreciate it.

Trixie

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Postby beppi » Thu, 21 Oct 2010 10:05 am

I filled your whole questionnaire, except No. 5 "Does your child/children currently wear cloth diapers?" because we sometimes use cloth and sometimes disposable, thus I cannot give a Yes/No answer.
Unfortunately the system does not allow submission without this, so I wasted my time. I will not try again (you had your chance), but I recommend to think your surveys through more carefully in future.

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Postby gravida » Thu, 21 Oct 2010 11:23 am

I gave up helping anyone this way...

I am receiving quite often similar requests to my company's email and the attitude is exactly like here
Anyway just pm me or email me
or "call me". People/students are asking for a favor, but they expect we are going to take the extra effort to call them/text them/email them/fill in questionnaires and at the end they do not show up on time to pick up surveys (I've distributed couple of times questionnaires among my clients, it took my time, their time and effort), they do not say "thank you" and they do indeed make such assumptions like "only mummy can change the diaper", "you may only use or not use cloth diaper"... :roll:
It really irritates me. They need it for their projects or even thesis and expect everyone to happily help them without making any effort on their side :-| I know I am generalizing now, but honestly it really scares me what kind of graduates they will be. I've had a short talk in one of the colleges recently and what really took my breath away was the question asked by one of the students. She has asked me (outside speaker, just a guest, somebody not directly related to her course or school) if she will graduate with a bachelor (because I've said that to become X one must first obtain the bachelor degree). Hello :???: She is pursuing her studies and does not know what degree (if any) she will get at the end???

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Postby beppi » Thu, 21 Oct 2010 11:52 am

This kind of assignment is exactly to teach students how to do similar projects well in real life later on. They learn, among other things, by making mistakes.
You cannot expect perfection on their first attempt!
And surely you cannot expect new research about the market for child care products to come out of this either.
It's only to keep the student busy and learn something. You decide whether to help him/her with this or not. (I concluded that he/she will learn more by losing a potential replier due to badly thought-out questionnaire than by me giving a non-relevant answer just for the sake of it.)

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Postby mynameistrixie » Thu, 21 Oct 2010 12:48 pm

Hi all,

Thanks for your earnest feedback in our study as well as our survey. And thanks to beppi for helping us defend our imperfections. We (the whole group) do agree that we are not perfect in our survey questions because we are not professional researchers yet, despite trying our best to become one.

I do hope that this will not affect your perception on university students now. I agree that some are just as ignorant as gravida mentioned but not everyone is that way.

Regarding the "pm me or just email me" request, i did not just want to paste the survey link outright at first because i we want to at least make sure we can contact you and let you know more about us, the study and our client before we send you the link, but after much consideration, we decided to just do so due to time constrains as well as convenience. So we edited another message we posted on this forum but not this one. My apologies. I have edited the initial message for this thread.

Well i just got to say that gravida i'm sorry that you had such a bad experience before with this kind of surveys. We totally respect your decision not to join our study.

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Postby gravida » Thu, 21 Oct 2010 12:52 pm

It's of course your decision what are you going to do with this and similar requests in the future, but since this is a discussion message board, I've added my 5 cents. Not to convince anyone.

To be frank, I doubt any of the students I've had contact with (and I am presuming - neither the one who posted the above request) will learn anything from mistakes like these. Again, this is my personal opinion and just that. The fact is, it is based on numerous personal encounters with similar requests.

Mynameistrixie, maybe you are a 'victim' of some of your colleagues who already messed up too many times before ;) To be honest, why didn't you start with introducing yourself (or the group) and then asking for help? Asking is a key word here, as "anyway message me" is kind of language that is appropriate within your friends, not when you are asking strangers to take part in your survey. IMHO


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