Let's see about this.
You started a survey and paid for a Gold Membership at $400. Then you realized you can't pay for it. So you want members to pay for it?
Aren't your priorities a little confused? Before you sign up for something that you have to pay for, you should make sure you can pay for it.
With just a few taps of my keys I found many sites that provide totally free surveys.
Here is one http://www.esurveyspro.com/Features.aspx As many questions as you want, as many responses as you can get for zip - nada FREE
I just don't understand why you signed up for something you knew you could not pay for
Now for some of the other issues
I shut the last thread down because you were debating my decision instead of waiting for Simon to deal with it.
And yes I reopened the discussion about the money.
Look you have not been here very long so we don't really know you very well. We have had many many people come on here asking for money for all kinds of reasons. And we have had posters on here for a very long time and we all knew them and trusted them only to find out that everything they said was a lie and yes they conned some people out of money. A lot of people were very hurt when they found out about the lies.
As a result we have a policy of not asking anyone for money from the board members. We trusted people we thought we knew as JWs And look where that got most of us. We trusted some people here that we thought we could trust and they had been here a lot longer than you have. And we got burned.
I don't make the rules. I see a problem and refer it to Simon to deal with.
There was no need for the link to the site. Where exactly do you think I got the info on regarding their prices? I'm smart enough to go to the home page and find their pricing lists. And I know you are in Europe so that is why I asked for someone else to check it out. I know that there is a difference in prices.
Your survey is interesting but really? If they weren't going to listen to Ray Franz, one of their own, what on earth makes you think they are going to listen to a survey sent in by someone they don't know?
The survey might get the attention of the media but I honestly doubt it after years of trying to get their attention I know how hard it is to get editors to touch religious issues especially with the WTS. People have to be dying for the media to pick up this story.
Active JWs - well where are you going to publish your results? They have to be in a place where active JWs go. That is a tough one.
Now with ex-JWs you have a shot at real interest. But then you might as well just post your questions directly to the board here or on other sites to see what responses you get. If someone doesn't want to be public and they trust you enough they can PM their responses to you - all for free.
As for Desirous ofChange - well to be honest I hadn't read any of his posts.
BTW the "Lady" part of Lady Lee should have given it away that I am a woman. Anyone here could tell you that. A very quick look at my image, or my posting history, or my webpage (link in my profile)
As for your third thread - this is what YOU said
Lady Lee - I received your PM and I'll email Simon. Feel free to shut down this thread if you want, but I feel the question is a fair one.
In several PMs I told you the matter had been sent to Simon. But you have not been content to wait. You have stomped your foot and demanded immediate attention and then cried that you will not post here if you do not get what you want.
Then you went and opened yet another thread about it.
Your behavior causes me to have very little faith in you. You call my sending the issue to Simon to deal with and the removal of threads while we wait "abuse". Wow. You really don't know me very well do you?
I am doing what I am supposed to do as a mod. When I see something questionable that breaks forum guidelines I remove the thread and report it to Simon. Now with a little bit of foresight on your part you might have read the guidelines and thought about asking him before hand about using his forum to take on this project that you didn't have money for and would have to ask posters to help fund. That would have been the responsible and ethical thing to do when you are doing a survey.
By the way in college and university I had to take courses on research methods. I do know what the rules are so that the survey results will be considered valid. And you don't go into somebody else's space and demand to survey their visitors and expect the respondents to pay for it.