Q: I attended a convention sponsored by my workplace. Towards the end of the program, all participants received a questionnaire to fill out anonymously. We were instructed to rate the lectures that we heard during the day on a scale from one to 10.
I was wondering if such a questionnaire is halachically questionable. Should one fill in the questions concerning the satisfactory speakers without mentioning the faults of the others? Or should one relate to the contents of the lectures without bringing up the lecturer himself?
A: It seems that since there is no substantial to’eles in expressing one’s opinions regarding the lecturers and their lectures, and opinions may demean the lecturers’ competence, there is no heter to assess them. For the future benefit of the organizers and the participants of the convention, you may indicate which lecture you felt was the most outstanding without belittling the others.
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