[Air-L] Credentials

jeremy hunsinger jhuns at vt.edu
Tue Aug 18 06:10:19 PDT 2009

I tend to think this is against the spirit of aoir as i've understood  
it to some extent.   the idea should be more that... anyone with any  
credential or none can provide you answers that are as strong as any  
others.  in short, my position is "I'd prefer the collegiality of  
shared knowledge over credentials any day".    some of our best  
contributors in recent years have been undergraduate and graduate  
students and i'd like this to continue unhindered by the burden of  
being credentialed.

so i'd say, no, people should not bother with credentials unless they  
personally feel that they need to 'represent' them for whatever  
reason.   so we can have 'both', but there should be no feeling of  
compulsion or necessary association between credentials and expertise  
that people should assume.

but that's just me....


On Aug 18, 2009, at 8:56 AM, Dr. Rasha Abdulla wrote:

> Hi all,
> I've been wanting to ask this of the list members for a while, but was
> afraid it might be offensive to some. But I'm increasingly convinced  
> that
> it's important.
> Could list members please list their full names and titles as a  
> signature to
> their messages? It may not make much difference if you're asking a  
> question,
> but it certainly does when you're providing an answer or even making a
> comment. I think it adds to the credibility of the message, and  
> gives other
> list members a chance to assess such credibility.
> Thank you. Take care.
> Rasha
> -- 
> Rasha A. Abdulla, Ph.D.
> Assistant Professor
> Journalism and Mass Communication
> The American University in Cairo
> www.rashaabdulla.com
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