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my apologies to barry and others, as that post was not meant to be a flame,
nor accusatory in any such manner. i'm just trying to make a point that
there are experts and non-experts alike communicating via this group. if
this list is open to a wide community, then such openness invites immense
risk in areas like spam, bothersome questions (but not bothersome to the
inquirers!) and anything else that begets free electronic resources (which
includes not just message listservs, but also boards and other tools like
im, or your conferences - open to anybody williing to pay and travel)
as for rules versus prescribing behavior, i was referring specifically to a
comment about the 'types of questions' or 'researching before asking'
comment - that's a tough one - and it assumes a level of knowledge with the
asking party (or to be more precise, these folks might not even know how to
find such information or answers, hence the post to the list!). a rule
might be "try to research your question before you ask it" versus "do not
ask your question if you have not already conducted research on the
question" - i see the latter as a bit alienating...
and no, the rules are not overly rigid. and yes, even in my short time i
have received immensely valuable insight and response from individuals on
this list regarding numerous questions and topics, and am greatly
appreciative of their time.
valdis' point about nascent behavior and prescribed is a great point - as
'social networking' software and websites (regardless of whether or not
folks on this list see it as real SNA or not) grow in commercial
popularity, i can only imagine that many new folks will discover this list,
including developers, consultants, money people (analysts, investors and
spectators) and so on - all of whom will have a (hopefully) normal behavior
profile, but all of whom might be asking oddball questions, promoting
gatherings, services, or generally behaving differently given their needs
from the outside, as a very new member of this list, i'm unclear about the
size of this group though suspect that one resolve might be the formation
(formal or informal) of lists for special interests (e.g. one for
commercial/consulting and one for only academic and so on)...if this
constituency is large enough to support such vehicles, than any individual
might join one, some or all such lists and opt-in for exposure to all of
the behavior. in this regard, one very easy solution is a closed list
(which might leave me out, i have no idea) for academics only, those are
easy and free with tools from sites like yahoogroups, easy to moderate
entry, to moderate first postings (versus content, just the first posts to
weed out machine subscriptions) - or the list program that is already being
used, no idea how it's set up for administration (it should just be easy,
that's the point) - of course that brings up the greatest issue for
argument in any such structure - appointing the influencer(s) responsible
for safeguarding the interests of members, knowing who to let in and who to
now i'm just rambling. again barry, that post was not meant to offend.
At 03:23 PM 4/30/2004, Valdis wrote:
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>I agree with Barry. The rules he offers make sense me -- they are not
>overly rigid -- just guidelines.
>The larger we become, the less free-form we can be. The trick is
>finding the right balance between emergent and prescribed behavior.
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