[ga] Re: What causes the problem?
At 08:07 PM 2/10/01, Eric Dierker wrote:
>Off topic posts, too many posts, and nastiness drive people out of the
>process. It's documented.
>I am not sure of the accuracy here but the people themselves are not
In some cases yes, in others, no. I was speaking about mailing lists in
general - no matter the subject of the list, a preponderance of those
things leads to the loss of membership, involvement, and input.
>It is aggravation in the process and the stranglehold the
>existing constiutencies have on every move that causes the problem.
That perception is certainly a contributing factor, though the existing
constituencies have their own problems. I don't mean to minimize your
notion, either - it's definitely true that good people have opted out
because they don't see any way of affecting the process. So someone can
very understandably be frustrated and angry.
The point is - acting out is NOT a productive strategy. Calling people
names does NOT want to make them sit down and work it out. Bringing outside
conflicts into it does NOT convince anyone that the participants are
mature, reasonable people who can be entrusted with positions of
responsibility. If we are outside the process, acting like crazies will NOT
bring us into it. See?
The problem is that it's not black or white. You can't just say "x is a
good guy, y is a bad guy", because then you'll miss that everyone thinks
that they're the good guy. You'll also miss the reasonable things the
"other side" is saying.
Ah well, it's only life.
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