You probably have signed many online petitions for wonderful causes. However, I am yet to see any feedback or results from such petitions which led me to question the value of online petitions. Do they reach their goals? I wonder. Let us take a deeper look at this:
- Signatures on online petitions are not exclusive. I can sign an online petition a 100 time.
- Online petitions seldom reach their destination. I have not received any feedback from any signed online petition.
- Online petitions are giving people the feeling that they have done their job and a false satisfactory feeling of accomplishment.
- Online petitions seem to be nothing more than online polls which serves as an imprecise barometer for how people feel at a specific moment. They are by no means an action plan.. which leads to…
- Online petitions are taking place of action plans. Instead of signing a petition, why not do a rally or organize an event to educate people or get some media attention, etc. But what is the difference between online petitions, real petitions and rallies?
With rallies and real petitions, you are reaching your goal of reaching to people and you can see and measure and talk to people to make sure that the message reaches the destination.
How online petitions could be more effective?
- Add resources: if you say “Wikipedia” is asking for 100,000 signatures to do something, then provide me the reference link for this piece of information. Add the date so that we know the age of the petition.
With this effort insha’ Allah, we will be perfecting our work and channeling it correctly and Allah knows best.