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An avalanche of petitions

(28 Posts)
Grannyknot Tue 04-Aug-15 18:44:30

Is it only me or are others also receiving way too many emails from [insert names of current most well-known petition sites]? What is also annoying is the personal tone of many of the emails. So I've been on an "unsubscribe" binge and (on one site) when I hit the unsubscribe button, I was faced with a list as to what type of petitions I wanted to opt out of, including "petitions that a friend thought may interest you" (paraphrased) confused

AIBU to think that there is such a thing as "petition fatigue", because I think I've got it.

Elegran Tue 04-Aug-15 18:58:20

It is a bit like charity fatigue - you contribute, and then are contacted at more and more frequent intervals to contribute again, up your contribution, take out a direct debit, remember them in your will . . .

Or like the emails you get from online stores after you buy something, that assume you immediately want to buy another of the same. Do they know more than we do about how soon it will wear out?

sunseeker Tue 04-Aug-15 19:17:30

I'm with you Grannyknot, I have signed a couple petitions, mainly about human rights and find I am getting "invitations" to sign petitions for things completely unrelated to anything I have signed before. It seems once you sign one they assume you will sign anything. I don't want to unsubscribe in case I miss a petition I want to sign but I wish they would discriminate a little as to what they send me.

Charleygirl Tue 04-Aug-15 20:11:16

I quite agree- I now delete them until the next one comes along and like buses they usually travel in pairs.

AshTree Tue 04-Aug-15 20:16:39

Completely agree. These e-petitions seem to be the latest internet craze. Yes there are some that I support wholeheartedly, but for heaven's sake why can I not just sign it and be done with it? Why is there not an option to "tick the box if you do not wish to be contacted with details of future petitions"?
I regularly have to go on an 'unsubscribe' binge too and, frankly, it makes me rather unwilling to support any future petitions which, surely, is not their desired outcome?

annodomini Tue 04-Aug-15 20:23:41

I lose track of what I've signed, and I'm sure I sometimes sign the same petition twice.

thatbags Tue 04-Aug-15 20:27:38

Yep, I have petition fatigue too and have unsubscribed from petition sites. They often don't give enough information anyway and I'm not going to sign something I don't know enough about. But of course they are banking on people having strong feelings about whatever the issue is and not being too fussed about how many actual facts they might not know.

durhamjen Tue 04-Aug-15 22:11:36

The most important one at the moment is the government's e-petition site.

The bee petition has reached over 70,000, which means only another 30,000 and the government should debate the use of nicotinoids. An article in yesterday's paper said that oilseed rape yields had improved without nicotinoids. For some reason farmers wish to get rid of bees, a rather stupid idea.

Ana Tue 04-Aug-15 22:12:41

Farmers do not wish to get rid of bees. What a ridiculous statement.

Elegran Tue 04-Aug-15 22:17:59

Without bees farmers would have no crops. Why should they want to get rid of them? Farmers are not stupid!

Grannyknot Tue 04-Aug-15 22:41:46

From the Government petition website:

If a petition gets 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in Parliament. Parliament hasn’t debated any petitions yet. hmmconfused

durhamjen Tue 04-Aug-15 22:46:46

That's because parliament is on holiday. The site was only set up again after the election. In fact it was set up in its new format two days before the Jeremy Hunt petition, and that already has over 200,000 signatures.
What's confusing about that, Grannyknot?

durhamjen Tue 04-Aug-15 22:52:45

durhamjen Tue 04-Aug-15 22:53:42

Obviously some of you are not interested in bees.

durhamjen Tue 04-Aug-15 23:00:16

Presumably you will not want to sign this petition either.

It was started by Desmond Tutu.

harrigran Tue 04-Aug-15 23:39:04

I am fed up with petitions, I have unsubscribed and they still continue to send them to me with the message "just in case you have changed your mind". No I have not changed my mind and I am getting angry because 99% of the petitions I would never put my name to anyway.

Anne58 Tue 04-Aug-15 23:46:40

Yes, I too feel inundated with some of them,, 38 degrees, CPRE etc.

I have set up a new email account on my Hudl which I will be only giving to a few friends.

That is of course after I have deleted the emails welcoming me to my new email account and offering to show me how to sort my in box confused

Grannyknot Wed 05-Aug-15 06:54:36

Thanks, everyone.

Dj I used the "confused" emoticon because I don't have access to a "cynical face" emoticon.

Nope not signing any more petitions, much as I love The Arch (as he was fondly known when I lived in SA).

Grannyknot Wed 05-Aug-15 07:23:46

And definitely not signing any that comes from

Grannyknot Wed 05-Aug-15 07:28:05

Come not comes!

(I'm off to another forum now, where there is no Pedant's Corner, and every thread is a Soop's Kitchen. No it's not Grannynet, it's a local mashup of mums and grans on Facebook ...) See ya!

Anya Wed 05-Aug-15 07:42:30

I'm do the same Pheonix - have different email addresses. It's not just petitions who inundate us; each time you fill in your email address there the possibility it will be sold on. Have you never looked in your spam boxes and wondered where all those ridiculous emails come from?

So I gave an email address I give out to all and sundry and I regularly just delete 90% of it daily and one just for good friends and family and the odd GNetter.

I like odd GNetters, as I'm a bit odd myself wink

Anya Wed 05-Aug-15 07:43:07

'I'm do the same' ?????

Eloethan Wed 05-Aug-15 08:26:18

I don't think reading through a few petitions and considering whether you want to sign them constitutes a mammoth task. The alternative is not to read them, just delete.

I feel I make very little contribution to political change - unlike the people both currently and throughout history who have put themselves at risk or made themselves very unpopular to work for something they believe in - and the least I can do is contribute by way of signing a petition.

Anya Wed 05-Aug-15 08:36:53

Agree, it doesn't exactly take much just to sign something worthwhile.

I occasionally share particularly poignant ones on FB and, to be honest, I can't help but wonder why some 'friends' just CBA to spend a couple of minutes just to help a good cause. It's very interesting to note those who do sign and are kindred spirits.

But then I remember posting a petition about SIDS in GN which only 2 people signed whereas a discussion about the merits of living in bungalows went in for several days and was obviously more important sad

So I'm with you all the way in this one Eloethan

thatbags Wed 05-Aug-15 09:59:37

Perhaps those of us who have decided not to sign petitions (with exceptions, no doubt) have found other ways to help advance positive change in society. Signing petitions isn't the only way to be politically active though it is one of the easiest if that's what suits.