high school project, survey for type 2 diabetes patients

By srresearcher Latest Reply 2012-08-12 13:57:32 -0500
Started 2012-07-20 09:36:46 -0500

Hello, my name is Kendra DiMartino and I am going to be a senior in high school. I am in the science research program at my school and I am doing my 3 year project on people with diabetes that are currently using social media sites.

I have gotten permission to post the survey on the site, and it would be greatly appreciated if you checked it out.The survey should be completed only with patients with type 2 diabetes. There is more information about the survey and my project when you open the link below.

Here is the link to the survey, Thank you!!


94 replies

srresearcher 2012-07-29 13:08:33 -0500 Report

Thank you for all who participated, I greatly appreciate all of you for helping me out on my project, for anyone who didn't and still wants too, the survey will be open until July 31, 2012. Once my study is completed, I will make sure to post my results on the site.

Thank you all again,

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-07-25 01:20:52 -0500 Report

I posted this as a thread a while back, it's time some of u do goodies read it again

An Open letter to the Diabetes Connect Administration and Members
By Old-­n-Gr­ey-n­-Wis­er April 10 712 42 20

An Open letter to the Diabetes Connect Administration and Members

Lately there have been many threads that have gotten way out of control for many reasons. Most are started with complete disregard for the feelings of our large family here. There is no faster way to stir the feelings of people then come into the room shouting and screaming. When a poster thinks they are the only one here to be depressed and mad at the world, said poster should think again. At one time or another we all reach that point with the many thing going on in our lives, be it Diabetes, other health concerns for us and our family, money woes or personal family problems

We are all here to learn from and if we can help each other through the trials and tribulations of this thing we call Diabetes. The book says there are several types of Diabetes, but to me it makes little difference in us, we all have to answer to the meter to plan our days.

We do not need any member acting as a self appointed moderator trying to police the conversations I know I can be sharp tonged and insulting in some of my come backs but only when it was asked for. I have made many friends here, and one very special friend that I will always thank DC for. If anyone of my friends wants me to change I will try but not totally

We wonder why there are so many one time posters here, my personal thoughts are they are bombarded with follow requests before they get a chance to know anyone. I realize that some of you do it to make the new here feel at home, but from a shy person's prospective give them a little room to ask or find what they are looking for.

The member whom has been coming in after the dust has settled a posting as Anonymous and stirring everything back up by arguing with him/her self does no good at all but make their self a fool.

R ember there will always be as many opinions on any given idea as there are active members posted, and if it starts to bet out of hand its the administrators that should come in and find a common ground in the thread or lock it down. Try to post the way you want to be treated and you should be treated the same way. When it comes to giving advise no one answer is the best answer but a mixing of all answers will give something that will work for most of us.

Take care My Friends we are all in the same boat for the cruise, try not to rock the boat too hard, it might be you whom falls overboard…


Caroltoo 2012-07-25 01:44:09 -0500 Report

You have so many boats in this little harbor, Tom,that I'm not sure which one you want us to see. If it's the one about admin shutting down an unruly discussion that has turned negative and gone totally off track, I'd agree. I wonder what is going into this researcher"s report about the way in which this group of adult diabetic's communicates? Would love to see the report when it's finished.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-07-25 12:53:26 -0500 Report

that some of the so called adults on this forum seem to think they have to police the forum for the rest of us, we are all smart enough to make our own minds up as to what we choose to read, they need to remember this forum belong to all not just a few chosen members to control the content posted here.

pixsidust 2012-07-25 22:48:54 -0500 Report

You are so right and 13 plus replies to take over addressing everyone's opinion seems pushy as all get out especially when they do not want to participate themselves

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-26 00:26:45 -0500 Report

If this is directed at me, that is ok, no harm felt. I only answered replies as everyone here has done, and some where directed to me in general. I would love to participate in surveys and only asked that they be approved:)

Lizardfan 2012-07-25 13:22:37 -0500 Report

I love this Tom!! You make so many wonderful points to ponder. I try to read what I want and not get involved in all the other stuff. Makes it so hard to read when a thread goes off kilter and you really like all the participants and you can see the unraveling right before your eyes! I try to take what I need and move on, just commenting on this could be construed as keeping the honey pot going but since I said it myself some of the people on here won't have to! If you don't want to do something don't do it. Plain. Simple. Works for me.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-25 10:57:11 -0500 Report

Carol there was another researcher who was here. For some reason she gave me her email address. I contacted her for a final report and she never completed the project so the research and our participation was useless. You should ask her for a copy of it.

Anonymous 2012-07-24 16:41:17 -0500 Report

Talk about beating a dead horse to death. If you don't want to take a survey..don't take the survey, I hate all the drama. This is the very thing that turns me off from these boards!

Anonymous 2012-07-24 20:32:39 -0500 Report

Then take your own advice and don't read the post or belong to a board as this is what goes on in them, and will continue to.

By the way, by you posting you are continuing to beat a dead horse. Makes you think doesn't it.

Anonymous 2012-07-24 18:09:31 -0500 Report

I agree, let it go already.
There was and is no reason for anyone to insult or accuse anyone of insulting. There was only two people insulted in this thread and one of them was the student that started the thread.

CaliKo 2012-07-23 16:49:47 -0500 Report

Hello, Good luck with your project. I completed the survey and just had one comment to make. I don't know if it has any bearing on the way you are viewing the results, but sometimes my answers were influenced by other conditions I have, like I had to say I can't run, but it's due to my bone density (or lack thereof) rather than because of diabetes.

jayabee52 2012-07-23 21:40:58 -0500 Report

yes some of the questions assumed I was able to work and I am not able due to my Kidney disease and just about ready to go on Dialysis. Some of the questions needed a "does not apply " option.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2012-07-23 12:22:12 -0500 Report

Wow. I'm sorry that I was not around this weekend to respond here. I was on vacation and was far from any internet access.

I can confirm that Kendra did contact me before posting and did receive permission to post her survey. I have updated the link in the original post so that it is now the correct link.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-23 23:21:52 -0500 Report

Hope your vacation was wonderful. Thank you for posting and clearing this up as we had not been alerted or questions answered by anyone in the begining and all we wanted was to make sure it was safe and approved and to help the student:)

In the future it would be nice to know about it before posted and not rely on a link from the member that we are not sure of.

Again, thank you.

GabbyPA 2012-07-23 21:11:16 -0500 Report

Thank you John. See how much we need you!!

John Crowley
John Crowley 2012-07-24 12:09:03 -0500 Report

Yes, but I would also like to say that Gabby is also a trusted resource here and does a great job of helping us to sort out spammers from legitimate endeavors. Thanks to you, Gabby, for all your help.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-24 14:19:27 -0500 Report

Probably true, but she didn't tell us and then acted as if members were at fault for trying to be safe and asking questions, when she finally replied she was insulting about it. This I can not understand. But, we all hope things get better:)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-24 12:28:55 -0500 Report

I agree with you Red, we were accused yet no one said the person was approved. I put my safety before any request from a student and I don't care how old the student is and I do that both on and off line. I don't believe in blind faith. It can get you injured or even killed.

Anonymous 2012-07-24 22:41:08 -0500 Report

Hoping this issue has been resolved and you are feeling comfortable again. Life is sometimes scary isn't it? Take care.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-25 10:55:01 -0500 Report

Anon I never view life as being scary at anytime. People feed off the fear of others. I err on the side of caution. I have friends whose computers have been hacked, have had their identity stolen and this has cost them a lot of money to repair in some cases. I never click on links from people I am not sure of who they are. This includes emails if I don't know you, I don't read your email and on facebook, I don't click on links from friends of friends or the ads on facebook.

granniesophie 2012-07-22 22:47:14 -0500 Report

Survey was fine-quite easy and painless-try it-it can't hurt to help a student. I'm a great believer in helping a kid further their education :)

pixsidust 2012-07-22 10:21:04 -0500 Report

I have excellent spyware and virus protection. Most have this and there were no problems with the survey and it does not request emails etc…

Take the survey, its fine

DeanaG 2012-07-21 10:01:24 -0500 Report

I took the survey and no where in it does it ask for any personal data. It is just a series of questions regarding diabetes care and the effect diabetes has on your life.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-21 17:23:35 -0500 Report

I was not willing to try the link in case it was bad:)

GabbyPA 2012-07-22 12:49:58 -0500 Report

That is a shame. She talked to John Crowley to get permission to post this. She talked to me first, before she even considered posting this. I am so sad for all of you who don't read the whole post and see she got permission. I hope you will reconsider and help her with her survey.

jayabee52 2012-07-23 21:23:54 -0500 Report

yes it is a shame. I DID read the whole original post, however IMHO just anyone who comes on DC can SAY that someone gave permission and it not be true. For the safety of SuzyQ's computer (on which I am now) I felt it better to question and not participate.

I will now gladly participate.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-23 12:00:34 -0500 Report

Gabby The shame is not one administrator said she was given approval. I am not going to click on a link simply because someone claims to be a student and is doing a survey. SHE said she got permission yet didn't say who gave her approval. Anyone can come to the site and say they got permission to do something.

In this day an age you have to protect yourself. I don't know what information can be gathered from my computer simply by clicking on her site. Therefore, I am not going to participate.

In the future I think before a person proclaiming to be a student wanting to conduct a survey should be checked out even if the school has to be called to verify if such a project is being done and the survey should be reviewed and approved by an administrator. Then an administrator should post that a student is going to visit the site to conduct a survey prior to allowing the student to come here. There are programs that can get around virus protection and spyware on a computer. The idea is to protect the members first before helping a student get a grade and we later learn the student wasn't really a student. Either do that or do not allow anyone on the site wanting to conduct surveys.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-23 14:45:17 -0500 Report

My point exactly!! Always better to be safe and ask questions then to be sorry you didn't ask, isn't that what we tell members here anyway? Thanks:)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-23 14:58:34 -0500 Report

Yes we do. Questioning can save you trouble in the long run. When someone ask you to participate in something, the best thing to do is protect yourself by asking as many questions as possible. This can prevent injury and you can make an informed decision. You never ever participate in something simply because a stranger claimed to have gotten approval or if they can't answer your questions.

GabbyPA 2012-07-23 21:09:11 -0500 Report

I don't mind the questioning. It is the accusing without asking someone that makes me kind of upset. You can always ask me and I will find out or get you on the right road.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-24 00:37:06 -0500 Report

This entire feed would be different, more positive if just one administrative person thought to inform the rest of the members about this student and her survey:)

It seems to me you are guilty of what you are accusing other's of doing! I would strongly suggest you go back and read all the replies and then reread your own and then you will see where guilt belongs. YOU knew before she posted and talked with John and didn't say anything. You mention above to ask you, but members shouldn't have to if it is already known and approved. We only asked questions of who she asked and to have that person post the approval.

I'm still amazed that we are being accused of things we didn't do just because we want to be safe:( I only hope it is done differently in the future and a lesson is learned and we can move on:)

GabbyPA 2012-07-25 20:21:07 -0500 Report

I don't always get to see every thing that is posted every day. I'm sorry that it took me a couple of days to see what was going on. All you guys have to do is email me or someone and ask or flag the post if you have concerns about it.

I don't mind the safe seeking. We all want that. All I am saying is just pass by the things you are skeptical of, flag them or ask someone about it.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-22 16:11:24 -0500 Report

What is sad is that the site didn't post their approval first!! I didn't see anything from community manager or from John Crowley(he still hasn't posted) or you for that matter until today:( Also, I did read the WHOLE post above, so please point out where she mentions the name of who gave permission or that you knew about it before hand. To just say I have permission and for you to think that is enough and we should just believe that and not be careful would be so wrong.

If you have read the replies before posting, then you would see that we want to help, but also want to know it has been approved and not by the poster's say so, and that the link is safe as well as NO personal info is being given out unless the member agree's to it.

jayabee52 2012-07-21 10:41:47 -0500 Report

there are things called bots or data miners which can copy things on your hard drive and the people to whom the copied info is sent, then use it to either sell your info to 3rd parties for whatever use they want. If you keep Credit Card numbers on your hard drive those could be sold and used in an identity theft on you. That can happen and you not know it. I have had it happen to me before.

Perhaps this 'srresearcher' person really IS a HS student, but maybe not.

Alliance health has the technical people and resources to check out whether or not the person posting is who s/he says s/he is.

That is why I won't "take the bait" unless I get an OK from one of the DC administrators that this person checks out as legit. That is necessary to be safe on the web, and I wish everyone were a bit more cautious.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-23 19:58:20 -0500 Report

James I went to the school site and found the teacher. I then went to conference as she said and found her name. However, the conference is simply teacher student site that list only the students who are meeting with a teacher. Doesn't say who the teacher is the students are meeting with.

DeanaG 2012-07-21 11:18:03 -0500 Report

I understand about bots and data mining.
I checked out the main site http://www.vcsd.k12.ny.us
it is a school district site and appears very legit.
If I have been duped then shame on me, I just wanted to help a student.

jayabee52 2012-07-21 11:24:50 -0500 Report

OK, it is after all ultimately your decision. However scammers have access to websites like that also and can spoof addresses like that. And because of privacy laws students names cannot be posted on school district websites, so there is no way to verify if there is even a student Kendra DiMartino there. (I know my 1st wife was a teacher) it is ultimately your decision.

Controlled 2012-07-21 12:38:32 -0500 Report

Sad but true, but don't worry; you can respond to the Nigerian Prince who is coming into a billion dollars that he will share if you send him three bucks to tide him over while the international monetary crisis cools down.

It is so sad that people do things to people digitally that they could never get away with personally. And this is progress?

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-21 17:30:12 -0500 Report

We all want to help out a student, but it needs to be done in a proper way! Permission first, then site administrator posting about it, then the student's discussion. That way anyone who participates doesn't have to worry about a lik with virus attached or bad person getting info. This is called being careful which is what we are taught to do. You know, don't open email you don't know who it's from, etc:)

Controlled 2012-07-21 17:15:47 -0500 Report

No one said that you were.
Look it up in the dictionary, it's called being facetious.
It was in response to a prior response, not everything is about you.
Maybe you didn't get that…
Your response does say a lot,
but my comment was intended towards you anyway.

DeanaG 2012-07-21 14:57:26 -0500 Report

No apology necessary, James.
I believe in the good in people and wanted to help out an enterprising student.
I have a fair knowledge of computers and security on the net and checked out the school districts site before taking the survey.
I wouldn't have taken the survey had I felt uncomfortable with the main site.

dietcherry 2012-07-21 17:32:51 -0500 Report

Deana Im sure everything will be fine. We do have concerns about fake postings to mine information, but as long as Ive been a member here, Ive never heard of it actually happening.
All that really needed to be said was is its safest not to click on any links until Admin has given the go-ahead in the Discussion. Love ya!!!!

srresearcher 2012-07-21 11:24:26 -0500 Report

I have gotten permission from John Crowley. I am going to be a senior this year at Valley Central High School. The science research program goes through The University of Albany. I know why you are hesitant though, if you have any more questions i would gladly answer them!

GabbyPA 2012-07-22 12:52:13 -0500 Report

How about from me. She contacted me first, then John...Instead of making a big deal out of things you guys have not checked out, just don't respond. You make it harder on these members who are trying to do good things. You need to have a little more faith in people.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-23 14:30:03 -0500 Report

Gabby the point that is being made is that no one informed the members that this person had approval from administration. I do agree it isn't a big deal. I have faith in some people but not in all people. How did anyone know that this link wasn't dangerous to click. There are systems that can over ride spyware and virus protection no matter how good your protection might be.

You can't close the barn door once the horse has left the barn. Anyone including a scammer can come on this site and say they have gotten approval to conduct a survey or sell a product. If administration including you don't say anything, how would we know they have approval? How would we know the kid is really a student? How would we know the link is safe to use?

I don't open emails from people I don't know so I am not about to participate in a survey on this site simply because the person said they got approval. No one is making it hard for members trying to do good things. Each person has the right to participate on not even if the survey is approved.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-22 16:30:18 -0500 Report

Well, actually I would rather see it posted from Community Manager J. Terry, or even John. If it had been handled in a proper way, none of us asking if she got permission would have asked! I believe the people in charge make it harder for members trying to do a good thing by not acting first to alert us before the post or not putting up the first reply to say permission was granted, by who and after verification. We were checking it out by asking these very questions, she just wasn't answering them.

Also, since this is an open discussion site, we have the right to reply and ask questions and I will continue to do so. We have had some questionable people here and inappropriate posts that have been removed due to members asking questions and taking action and not just ignoring it.

As to having faith in people, you don't know me nor I you. Being cautious is not a bad thing, and believing everything you read is:)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-23 14:41:33 -0500 Report

Again I totally agree with you. One of the rights we have in this country is the right to ask questions. The streets in major cities I believe are safer than the internet. You can click on a link for something you think might be safe only to find your information has been stolen. A good hacker can get around protections you have in place.

You can have faith in people but I don't believe in blind faith. The kid posted with the statement she had gotten approval. Until that approval comes from John or J.Terry, I am not going to click on any links.

srresearcher 2012-07-21 12:12:51 -0500 Report

I get it, if you want you can talk or email my teacher, his name is on the schools website if you go to teachers page, also if you go to my schools page, go to my teachers name, joseph fracalossi, it will bring you to the science reseach site, and if you click on conferences, my name will be in the conference list. I will also talk to John.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-22 17:31:01 -0500 Report

Actually what is wanted is for this site's administrators to check it out and then post their approval. As stated before by other's, we do want to help you if it is ok'd.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-23 14:54:00 -0500 Report

Red I went to the schools website and it confirms her name is on the conference list on the teacher student conference list. Doesn't say what teacher it doesn't give a date at all. The teacher is there. If it had said she was in a conference with this teacher I would not be as skeptical as I am now. I would have participated had Administration given approval.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-23 15:01:15 -0500 Report

That is the point, how do we know and just because the name is listed doesn't mean anything, we shouldn't have to do all verifying. We all want to help a student if we can, but there are steps that should be taken before the student posts needing the help. It amazes me how simple it could have been and wasn't. Thanks for checking, I'm sure we will get hammered for this.

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