[p2p-research] Again on mailing lists, was: Post-Depression first: Americans get more money from government than they give back | csmonitor.com

Michel Bauwens michelsub2004 at gmail.com
Sat Nov 28 18:00:01 CET 2009

Hi Ted,

I was referring to your complaint that too many people respond, and that
this is intimidating.

My answer is that I don't see how to police responses so that this could be
solved in any practical way.

As communities grow and evolve, they create their own culture and norms, and
latecoming people have to adapt to this, which isn't always easy. As long as
it is not done on purpose as part of an exclusionary strategy ...

Volunteer projects do not generally have a staff which can adapt its
communication to various audiences, it's, if you like, non-strategic

So as far as I'm concerned, you've done the right thing, you jumped in
anyway <g>


On Sat, Nov 28, 2009 at 2:31 PM, Ted Smith <teddks at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sat, 2009-11-28 at 08:32 +0700, Michel Bauwens wrote:
> >
> > As for the other problem you mention, that only certain people would
> > respond, and others would refrain, I don't see that as feasible at
> > all?
> >
> > Michel
> >
> >
> I don't understand what you mean by this. Do you intend to say that you
> do not think that making this list more accessible is a feasible goal?
> All I really know about the purpose of this list is:
> > p2p research is a mailing list that investigates the political,
> > economic and social dimensions of peer-to-peer networks.
> There does seem to be a very high volume of relevant content posted on
> that topic, but most discussion seems to take place among a clique that
> has a lot of internal knowledge for the purpose of making blog posts or
> what-have-you. This may be the actual purpose of this list (generating
> blog posts), and if it is this, not discussion of the political,
> economic, and social dimensions of peer-to-peer networks, then I'll
> gladly sit down and shut up and maybe tweak my filters to be more
> aggressive about pruning large threads.
> By the way, everyone, thank you for your concern, but I don't need to be
> CC'd in mails because I am actually on this list and get every message
> sent to it (to my knowledge). Doing so is a minor inconvenience, because
> when I get the message from a CC instead of from the list, it doesn't
> have the right headers for my filters to catch it, so I'd appreciate it
> if people could just send to the list instead of to me, if it's all the
> same.
> thanks,
> - Ted Smith
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