Non-response is meaningless
This regards Art Robinson’s mass-mailing requesting urine donations to further his scientific research.
Some folks are refusing to donate, for reasons ranging from, “I’m not a lab rat,” to “I don’t like the guy.” Nearly always, these people simply discard the postage-paid response card enclosed in the flier.
If you choose not to participate in Mr. Robinson’s research, I urge you to at least do him the courtesy of returning his postage-paid card. That way, for the price of a postcard, Mr. Robinson will receive useful data and feedback about the general public’s response to his mass-mailing. I know first-hand the frustration of investing in a big postal campaign and then wondering about all those non-responders.
You don’t need to send your contact information (unless you want to). Just jot a note, “I choose not to participate because …” (if you want to give your reason). Or just write “No,” so the data he collects will at least reflect your refusal, rather than a meaningless non-response.
If you’ve mislaid your flier, you may find discarded copies at the post office. I hope all the folks who don’t want to assist Mr. Robinson’s research will take the time to let him know why.