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Re: ITW/P: freecati

>>>>> "CS" == Craig Sanders <cas@taz.net.au> writes:

    CS> On Fri, Oct 01, 1999 at 11:22:11PM -0500, Chris Lawrence
    CS> wrote:
    >> For the unfamiliar, CATI programs are used to to conduct
    >> surveys over the telephone (although they can also be used in
    >> other contexts).  Think of an "installation wizard" with a
    >> modem dialer and database backend, and you've got the idea.
    >> The concept here is basically to make it possible to turn
    >> mothballed 486es (or eMachines ;-) into interviewing stations
    >> running Linux for the cost of a network card, a good USR modem
    >> and a noise-cancelling headset (i.e. well under $200).

    CS> IMO, this is morally akin to writing free software
    CS> specifically to make spamming cheaper and easier.

    CS> if you must write such obnoxious and evil software then please
    CS> make sure that it maintains a list of phone numbers NOT to
    CS> call, so that those who are sick and tired of market research
    CS> jerks calling them just as they get home from work or sit down
    CS> to dinner can say "PUT ME ON YOUR DO-NOT-CALL LIST
    CS> IMMEDIATELY!". write the software so that it is trivially easy
    CS> for the telemarketer to add numbers to that list.

Just for the record, some of us use CATI to get information from
subjects (voluntary participation) who can not come to a research site
for various reasons .  This is incredibly different from
telemarketing; in fact, one could argue that not using CATI in such a
situation is unethical (discrimination in clinical/intervention trials
participation against those too sick to travel...).


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