SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: SIGIA-L: This is not a directly IA r
Re: SIGIA-L: This is not a directly IA related post. <anquish>Why Can't We All Just Get Along?!?</anguish>
From: Nancy Sims (nsims_at_umich.edu)
Date: Mon Nov 19 2001 - 12:59:50 EST
Chris Chandler wrote:
> samantha bailey
> > That said, it seems like the level of discourse devolves
> into something that
> > is absolutely cringe-worthy every 6 weeks or so and I
> suspect that none of
> > us, even those of us who get caught up in the fray, really
> want this to be
> > representative of our profession in a public forum.
> Actually, I think a 6-week flame cycle is pretty decent, and
> reflects the fact that there are so many contentious
> professional issues.
Absolutely. Agreement all the time is not much help to actually
hammering out any contentious issues. Topics come up repeatedly because
they're things people disagree about, and disagreement leads to the
kinds of posts Samantha characterizes as "cringe-worthy".
> > I appreciate that rigorous moderation can slow down
> discourse and create
> > resource challenges for a listserv, but with all the
> conceptual talk about
> > what we are and how we may choose to function as a
> professional body or
> > bodies moving forward I'd like to propose that we revisit
> the idea of more
> > formal moderation for the group; and of course I'm open to
> hearing that this
> > wouldn't be widely welcomed.
> I for one wouldn't welcome it. As someone who likes to crack
> a joke and poke some (mostly) harmless fun I find this list
> more open and freewheeling than CHI-Web.
I also would not welcome it. I'm not a professional IA, I'm a
librarian. I'm more interested in the ideas that get discussed than
techniques - hence, I delete 90% of the stuff that passes through .
The posts and threads I keep are the ones in which the discussion gets
interesting. Arguments are necessary to stimulating discourse. I've
seen very few posts here that I would characterize as flames - trolls
aplenty, but the responses to the trolls usually bother me more than the
Just my $0.02.
Instructional Technology Librarian University of Michigan
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