[Air-l] The Ideal State of the AoIR List
jhuns at vt.edu
Thu Mar 7 20:41:48 PST 2002
the list reaches just over 1000 addresses. However, I think it is
precisely the 'by the way' comments and small circles of activity that
really fosters the research community here. This is a discussion list.
These small circles and comments to each other tend to be one of the
main areas that people interact here, without that we would become more
of an announcement list and that would be a loss.
That said, I think people have to take responsibility for their actions
and the methods they use to post things. I'd prefer people not to use
html or mime encoding, and if they need help learning how to do that,
instruction can probably be arranged through many of the list users who
have that knowledge. I label this a positive action, whereas rules or
moderation to limit peoples action would be a negative action. I think
that if you want things to change you probably should seek out ways of
becoming positively involved in the list, not negative ways of limiting
others. people can lead by setting an example for others in manner of
their participation. if someone posts something in a way you don't like
and if you have the time, you could write them instructions as to how
and why they should do it differently.
we have managed to do some things with the list, we've cut down the
frequent reposting of the digests, we've cut back on really large
postings, we've stopped external spam, but I don't think there is much
more that we should do with the software, other than to allow those
people who have vision and apply themselves in aoir and on aoir lists
and as such set the tone for the list in the future.
jhuns at vt.edu
on the ibook
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