Good suggestions, John. And I am one of the guilty ones. One small,
but important discipline, perhaps. When a participant veers from a
named topic (as I frequently do) it should be incumbent on that
individual (e.g. me) to change the name of the new thread.
Just a small point, one which I will try and adhere to,
On 20 Oct 2008, at 18:25, John Waters wrote:
> 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.
> is it that (on all mailing lists, as far as I can see) we are
> to return to earlier threads, to extend and update them? Is this a
> convention, or is it a behavioural blockage? Is it because, having
> 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
> 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;
> perhaps adding a prefix (such as "redux::" or "reprise::") when
> decides to return to a thread.
> John :)
> 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
>>> 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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