An advantage of the written word - and particularly the emailed word -
is that the thread of a conversation need not be lost the way it it
would be in a (spoken) conversation. The thread of the (email)
conversation is recorded and can be easily searched, sorted and picked
up again whenever a new point is considered worth adding.
A lot of the matters under discussion recur, and many seem timeless. Why
is it that (on all mailing lists, as far as I can see) we are reluctant
to return to earlier threads, to extend and update them? Is this a tacit
convention, or is it a behavioural blockage? Is it because, having moved
on, we simply forget the earlier threads?
Just because we lack requisite variety to follow all threads in
(quasi-)real-time, this is (imho) no reason not to take advantage of the
technology to overcome our innate human limitations. Perhaps we could
agree some very simple conventions to make this easier, e.g. keeping
messages terse and close to the focus suggested by the subject line;
spawning a small number of (terse) messages with appropriate and
indicative subject lines where a conversation radiates or digresses; and
perhaps adding a prefix (such as "redux::" or "reprise::") when someone
decides to return to a thread.
Allenna Leonard wrote:
> Ditto on the problem of following these threads! I no sooner get
> involved in a conversation than it takes off and then I can't get
> back to it for a while and it has moved on.
Barry Clemson wrote:
>> I'm having the same problem -- the conversations on this forum look
>> absolutely fascinating, but i can't manage more than skimming parts
>> of them. I guess i'm going to have to give up sleeping!
Angela Espinosa wrote:
>> I've been very slow in gong through all the variety of conversations
>> that we've shared recently in this Forum! And when I manage to
>> get into one thread, it's normally over and the Forum is now
>> concentrated soewhere else...
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