[Air-l] Air-list

Jennifer Stromer-Galley jstromer at albany.edu
Wed Sep 13 14:27:52 PDT 2006

Hi Matthew and the Executive Committee:

One thing the Executive might want to consider is a maximum post per day
rule. The E-Democracy email lists use that device as a way to keep any one
person from dominating the discussion. Given that email lists can be
hijacked by one or a small group of people, thereby drowning out other
voices, threads and positions, the two post maximum helps keep the volume of
participation somewhat more even. And even levels of participation are
important for healthy discussion and the long-term success of an email-list

Best wishes,
~Jenny Stromer-Galley

> -----Original Message-----
> From: air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org 
> [mailto:air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org] On Behalf Of Matthew Allen
> Sent: Tuesday, September 12, 2006 10:50 PM
> To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
> Subject: [Air-l] Air-list
> Dear all
> There have been some vibrant and important discussions lately 
> on air-list and I, and am sure many others, have been 
> following them with interest, appreciating the time and 
> effort people put into free scholarly discussion. This has 
> always been the case with air-list and I hope that it 
> continues in that vein.
> All of us will be aware, after more than a decade's research 
> into online communication, that from time to time, the 
> freedom of the means of communication and the lack of 
> co-presence can limit the effectiveness of the overall 
> communicative process or produce unexpected and 
> counter-productive damage to that process.
> As has been pointed out recently on the list, air does, like 
> most lists, have a stated etiquette 
> (http://www.aoir.org/?q=node/5). The etiquette is 
> deliberately open to interpretation so as to enjoin each list 
> subscriber to think carefully about the manner and content of 
> their communications via the list as well as their reaction 
> to others' communications. Balancing enthusiastic, engaged 
> and productively antagonistic discussion with respect for 
> others and their views does not happen because of the 
> etiquette but because of people's commitment to those 
> outcomes, guided by the etiquette. May I ask subscribers to 
> utilise this guidance please. 
> I would also remind subscribers that air-list is a service 
> provided by the Association as one of the primary means of 
> achieving the Association's primary objectives concerning 
> scholarship of the Internet. Management of the conduct of the 
> list, including permission to subscribe, conditions under 
> which subscription is permitted, conduct of subscribers etc., 
> remains at all times the prerogative of the Asssociation 
> whose affairs are conducted by the Executive.
> Finally, the Executive is currently reviewing the etiquette 
> statement and will be discussing whether or not it should be 
> revised and if so, in what manner, at the Brisbane Executive meeting.
> Best wishes
> Matt
> Dr Matthew Allen
> Associate Professor in Internet Studies 
> President Association of Internet Researchers
> Faculty of Media Society and Culture
> Curtin University of Technology
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