[Callers] Purpose of the List

Don Veino sharedweight_net at veino.com
Wed Sep 11 17:01:03 PDT 2013

My 0.02 is to keep one list. That said, I'd welcome us to apply some
self-monitoring for what we post. Besides the obvious trimming of included
material to just the pertinent bits, some other thoughts which might be

   - If as a participant you notice it's just you and one or two others
   continuing to post, consider taking it off list.
   - If what you're doing is not really discussion-y (say the recent
   request to collect/catalog all the moves - not meaning to single you out
   Sam, that's just a great example) consider other tools to achieve that
   (e.g.: a wiki or shared open google spreadsheet, etc.) and offer to post
   back the results.
   - If you find yourself making the same or similar points several times
   across different threads, consider that the message may already have been
   - I'm sure others have some great additional suggestions.

Should we be able to agree to a set of list values/behaviors, then possibly
a periodic automatic reminder of them would help us stay on track?

It is the diversity/balance of voices I appreciate here. I hope we can see
that continue by keeping folks interested and involved to a level that
informs without overloading.

Thanks all for your participation,

On Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 4:06 PM, Aahz Maruch <aahz at pobox.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Sep 11, 2013, Chris Weiler (SW) wrote:
> >
> > B. If we keep this list as-is, how do we make it easy for someone to
> > determine what will be relevant to their level of interest? How do
> > we know when to ask someone to take their debate of a trivial issue
> > off list?
> >
> > C. How do we keep the experience of the list useful and relevant to
> > the most number of people at the widest range of experience levels?
> By amount of time calling, I surely rank as one of the newest people
> here (especially if you don't include square dance calling, which I
> formally started just a month ago).  I started calling contras less than
> a year ago and have only been in front of the mic three or four times.
> OTOH, I've been doing contra, square, and IFD for more than a quarter
> century, and I'm an online junkie (probably 20 or 30 mailing lists,
> though many are somewhat moribund and/or announce-only, plus another ten
> still-active netnews groups (some of which are private)).
> IOW, I'm inclined to the trivial minutiae even when I don't know
> anything and especially when I do.  ;-)
> I guess my point is that it's hard to categorize people, let alone
> discussions.
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