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ICANN Travel Survey – Poll FAIL

May 24, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, icann, icann meeting, icann survey, icann travel, Policy & LawComments Off on ICANN Travel Survey – Poll FAIL

ICANN wants your feedback on international meetings, but it won’t be easy.

ICANN is kicking off its “Meetings for the Next Decade” consultation process to figure out how to handle its international meetings. ICANN has been criticized for its large travel budget for many years. I remember at DOMAINfest last year Steve Wozniak joking about when he was asked to join the ICANN board, and how he viewed it as just a way to take some free vacations during the year. (He declined.)

At any rate, ICANN wants your feedback and has set up a survey. But it’s a very difficult survey to complete.

First, you need to register. Then when you take the survey, each individual question is set up as a different poll. After submitting the first response I thought it was only a one-question survey, which didn’t make sense. You need to click on the “Poll Menu” link at the top of the page to see the other polls.

Poll question 2.1 asks “How often do you attend ICANN International Meetings?”, but there’s no option for “Never”.

Question 2.2 doesn’t actually ask a question, but states “Registry/Registrar Regional Meetings”, and it seems that the question is asking how often you’ve attended these meetings. Again, there’s no option for “Never”.

Question 3 asks a series of questions on what would make you more or less likely to attend a meeting. The last three questions have to do with the time it takes to travel to the event.

H. The amount of time it takes to travel to and from the meeting is less than 36 hours, door to door
I. The amount of time it takes to travel to and from the meeting is less than 24 hours, door to door
J. The amount of time it takes to travel to and from the meeting is less than 12 hours, door to door

It’s very hard to say what effect these have on your decision to go. Question H. includes both question I. and J. by how its worded. So if it’s less than 36 hours, that also could mean it’s less than 12 hours. So I can’t check the box “Would make me less likely to attend” for H the way it’s worded; if it asked “the total travel time is greater than 24 hours”, then I could select that answer.

Worse, question three doesn’t have a “not applicable” option and requires you to respond to each question. I think a lot of people will have a hard time answering “F. I have support from my employer to attend (financial or otherwise)”, because they don’t have an employer.

My suggestion: just send in a regular email comment for the consultation rather than completing the survey.


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