Admin - מנהל
הצטרף: 05 אוג' 2002
|פורסם: 10/01/03 14:48 נושא ההודעה:
|Guy (and everyone else of course),
First of all I cannot respond in Hebrew because I am in Japan and there is no Hebrew support on most computers here... so I am at a dis-advantage, but I'll try to explain anyway.
The cancellation policy is a classic case of long-term good of the common overriding short-term good of the individual.
Like asking "how much tax do you want to pay?" - well clearly nobody wants to pay taxes, but then we will not have any public services - health, education, defence, infrastructure, etc. (Here goes my pure-Capatalist image...)
Each and every one wants to avoid the fines (Knassot), and will vote accordingly. However a strict cancellation policy is better for the group, because in the long run it helps reduce costs and execute the hikes properly.
The current policy is based on 5 years of experience that I have as the co-ordinator of Hug-Elad. With HaHevra LeHaganat HaTeva the cancellation policy was like the one you suggest - and there were plenty of problems. So why duplicate a policy which we know to be a bad one?
On a more practical level, which everyone seems to overlook, if you cancel 1-3 weeks before the hike, then the fine is 5% which translates to an average of 12.5 Shekels...
Is that too high a price to pay, once in a long while, for the well being of Hug Elad in the long run? For me this is a very small price to pay (just to clarify - I pay for all the hikes and subject to all the rules just like everyone else).
More on the practical level, note that the cancelletion policy also includes a broad spectrum of EXEMPTIONS from the fines. In simpler words, if you really run into a problem and you are FORCED to cancel, you will not pay a fine. But if you cancel just because you think that this weekend you don't feel like hiking - then pay a small fine and forget about it.
So, to sum up my view of things, the current policy has a positive effect of preventing "phantom registrations", serving the good of Hug Elad. For the individual this "horrible" policy will cost about 12.5 Shekels, on the rare occasion that he/she cancels without a good reason.