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Spider-Man Balloon Petition - Please Help!

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  • Spider-Man Balloon Petition - Please Help!

    A few months ago, I wrote a petition on with the intention of bringing back the Spider-Man balloon to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. My other option is to have a Marvel Comics-themed float in the parade. I have been posting on various forums and both options have received a lot of support, but I still need people to sign. If you wish to help, please visit the following link:

    Once you have signed, please make it your business to let other people know about my petition so that they may be able to sign it as well. Also, please feel free to post whatever ideas or comments you may have regarding my petition. I am always interested in the input.

    Sign up today, and save the webslinger!

  • #2

    This input might not be what you expected...

    Your online petition will accomplish nothing.
    All your petition will do is win a few advertising cents for the website.

    Online petitions do nothing for many reasons: It's easy to stuff the ballot by providing false names and false email addresses. Having no expiration date marks them as non-serious, worse when they only express wishful thinking but provide no way for the signatures to reach the people that take decisions. Having no verification for the identities of the undersigned means that there's no way to know if they even exist.

    The only petitions that work are those where you exit the online world, print a real letter and send it to real people.

    I could go on but others have written more and better than I would about this subject:
    Every day we're bombarded with e-mail of dubious origin and even more dubious veracity: messages that plead with us to find a missing kid or help a sick child, sign a petition to right some terrible injustice, take a stand on an important piece of pending legislation, forward a message to claim free merchandise, or take heed of the latest computer virus. The messages that aren't outright hoaxes are often full of misinformation, and even the ones that have some truth to them are usually out-of-date by the time we receive them. This is the place where the inboxer rebellion begins! The categories below should help you locate and identify whether that piece of e-mail you've received is a hoax, the truth, or something in between. is a waste of bandwidth and of server space.

    I have never signed, nor will I ever sign an online petition. It's a useless waste of time and bandwidth.
    Such... is the respect paid to science that the most absurd opinions may become current, provided they are expressed in language, the sound of which recalls some well-known scientific phrase
    James Clerk Maxwell (1831-79)


    • #3
      I'm sorry that you feel that way, Capt. Montoya. But there are people out there who don't feel the same way you do.