***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** >Can Google do that? > >Alvin 1. There is an apparently na´ve general request deemed by an authority to be suspect and it is ridiculed so that the shame will create adverse incentives for others who might be encouraged to be na´ve or shallow. 2. The network does not break into police dysfunction, but heals with counter entrants. Sort of a SOCnet immune response--a faint democratic protest of sorts. The healing is to reputations and levels of trust--some of which might also come into doubt because someone exercised police power. It was most likely a perception that there was a cost to wasting a large number of email reads that motivated the police action. It also probably had elements of ego and responsibility attached. Its delivery was not gentle because shame was probably intended. Such a threat probably further stokes empathic feelings. Thus, others object that the shaming judgment is rash--showing empathy perhaps. A normative equilibrium sets in and "scar tissue" in the social network begins to heal. Someone else makes sense about the whole occurrence and tries to describe it. The old beer drinking crowd of SunBelt sneers that SOCnet has gone to hell. Their preference might be to keep the club small--but that creates its own issues. The organization/community/network/self-organizing system shifts because its leaders become less able to exercise editorial control based on their founding roles. Some original levels of relationship have shifted because of the events of a situation, but we don't know how to measure them or even describe them terribly well. A prospect exists that SOCnet diffuses to meaninglessness because the come-up-ants don't have the gravitas to draw in eavesdroppers nor are they likely to have the budgets to get on an airplane to drink beer and have real conversations at SunBelt where prestige can grow and prospects for heuristic understanding in conversations can improve. Some consider trying harder for airfare, and others drop off the net doubting they can be part of the core participants. An uneasy dichotomy and interconnection exists between personally interactive social networks, informal ones, and electronic versions of both that are overlayed. Show me a social network theory that can begin to make sense of that little episode and I think I can help you define community. Ryan Lanham _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.