Sunday, 15 April 2018

Uplifting experience


I am a member of an organisation called 'Historic England'. One of my clients has a large, Grade One listed house and the estate manager calls them 'Hysteric England' when they pay a visit to make sure any work done to it is carried out correctly.

I became a member when I successfully listed (Grade 2) the 17th century dogs on a wall in a little village near here. I now get a regular online newsletter from them and yesterday they asked me if I would mind carrying out a survey from them to see if there is anyway they could improve it.

One of the personal statements I was asked to consider (which do you agree with most strongly...) was 'I enjoy going to bars and clubs at the weekend'. There was no margin where I could write 'not just weekends' so I just ticked the box.

Everyone asks you to complete a survey these days, and most of them are ways of gathering as much personal information about people as they can to sell on to advertisers (like Facebook, for instance). English Heritage promises not to pass on any information about me without getting my permission first, but my love for pubs and ancient buildings is  - thanks to Blogger - public knowledge in any case. It's old news and I don't need any encouragement to go to them.

I have begun to notice these buttons popping up in public places more and more. I even saw one outside a multi-story car park elevator in Germany.

How do you rate your experience in our elevator today?

31 comments:

  1. I wonder why the I Like It button is violently seasick green?

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    1. Something to do with traffic lights?

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  2. I believe many A & E depts have a 'would you recommend us to a friend' questionnaire. I presume the answer is always 'NO'.

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  3. When filling in a survey in the hope of keeping our public library open I was asked if I felt that the gender I was born in was the correct one.

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  4. The car park elevator experience...uplifting.

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  5. I thought the post was going to be about a fried egg.

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    1. All that showed on my phone when I looked at your post was the yellow one and it looked like an egg. I thought perhaps your breakfast had progressed from coffee to tea to a full English.

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    2. Yes it clips out the green and red one in the thumbnail. It's literally neutral.

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  6. I pressed the green button for your blog...
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. I'll put up a survey and you can answer all the questions I will set.

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  7. The buttons are the epitome of the dumbing down of the world! I would never touch one.

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    1. I can't find the smiley face emoji collection.

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  9. I thought you were going to blog about bras.......
    Regarding surveys, I think everyone's too nosy these days!

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    1. See Rachel's comment above. Bras would be more fitting than fried eggs for me, although it could include both if I was going to be vulgar.

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  10. I tried pressing the green button but nothing happened. Am I doing something wrong?

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    1. No, that doesn't work either.

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    2. Ok. Try pressing the yellow one.

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  11. There's a selection of those buttons at London City airport. I watched a French family in front of me be absolutely berated by the agents at airport security. I hit the red button on their behalf on my way to the gates.

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    1. Give the security a break. They were French for heaven's sake.

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  12. I never fill in questionnaires on princiiple.

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    1. The same with loyalty cards. They are just another market research tool.

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  13. I want to press everyone's buttons

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