[pct-l] Flame exchanges re annoying posts
karmagurl at rainierconnect.com
Sat Jul 28 01:08:09 CDT 2007
I think everyone just needs to "chill" or go take a nice long
hike......most of our regulars-or a great many are indeed out hiking at
present, some section hiking, some thru hiking. Soon they will be off
the trail for the winter and the list will return to normal. For the new
folks, patience please until the season ends.
> I think this list is at 6B.
> <> He who finishes last, wins! <>
> I switched to Mac OSX rather than fight Windows
> Using Mozilla Thunderbird http://www.mozilla.org/products/thunderbird/
> Dan Hogan wrote:
>> I used the following in an Email list I once managed.
>> The natural life cycle of mailing lists.
>> Every list seems to go through the same cycle:
>> 1. Initial enthusiasm (people introduce themselves, and
>> gush a lot about how wonderful it is to find kindred
>> 2. Evangelism (people moan about how few folks are posting
>> to the list, and brainstorm recruitment strategies).
>> 3. Growth (more and more people join, more and more lengthy
>> threads develop, occasional off-topic threads pop up).
>> 4. Community (lots of threads, some more relevant than
>> others; lots of information and advice is exchanged;
>> experts help other experts as well as less experienced
>> colleagues; friendships develop; people tease each other;
>> newcomers are welcomed with generosity and patience;
>> everyone -- newbie and expert alike -- feels comfortable
>> asking questions, suggesting answers, and sharing
>> 5. Discomfort with diversity (the number of messages
>> increases dramatically; not every thread is fascinating to
>> every reader; people start complaining about the
>> signal-to-noise ratio; person 1 threatens to quit if
>> *other* people don't limit discussion to person 1's pet
>> topic; person 2 agrees with person 1; person 3 tells 1 & 2
>> to lighten up; more bandwidth is wasted complaining about
>> off-topic threads than is used for the threads themselves;
>> everyone gets annoyed).
>> 6. a. Smug complacency and stagnation (the purists flame
>> everyone who asks an 'old' question or responds with humor
>> to a serious post; newbies are rebuffed; traffic drops to a
>> doze-producing level of a few minor issues; all interesting
>> discussions happen by private email and are limited to a
>> few participants; the purists spend lots of time
>> self-righteously congratulating each other on keeping
>> off-topic threads off the list).
>> b. Maturity (a few people quit in a huff; the rest of the
>> participants stay near stage 4, with stage 5 popping up
>> briefly every few weeks; many people wear out their second
>> or third 'delete' key, but the list lives contentedly ever
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