relative affordances of blog v list: boundaries again

I’m a member of two other mailing lists which both address the same academic topics: SysFunc and SysFling. One is based in Sydney and was conceived of as being a more local venue for announcing Sydney and even Australia-based meetings, conferences, articles and so on, as well as for fielding the usual questions regarding the analysis of curly clauses. The other is based in Europe and is said to be more formal in its approach to similar concerns for systemicists. However, it is probably fair to say that most subscribers belong to both lists, and that most threads if they get going, get CCed to both lists, thus providing for a lot of overlapping.

Occasionally the beginnings of discussions are limited to one list, and then someone posts a CC to the other list as well. Those who are not members of both lists begin to wonder what is going on, but, as I say, these people are in the minority anyway.

After a recent spate of twin list activity, one of the moderators and keepers of one of these two lists, commented that amalgamation might not be a bad idea – especially in view of the fact that he was hoping to retire from list maintenance activities at the end of the year. Thereafter a slew of posts were made approving of the amalgamation – to the extent that a cry went up to the effect that perhaps any further messages on the topic be limited to those who were nay, rather than yea-sayers on the matter. A short period of silence thereafter seemed to suggest that the vote might be carried unanimously until one lone voice spoke up in favour of keeping both lists – aka nay-saying – providing affiliatory and affinity-related reasons for doing so. In other words, he cited boundary issues of the sub-grouping kind, arguing that each list has evolved their own separate identities. Thereafter, another one or two more timid types also ventured to add their nay against the groundswell of yea-sayers – but no doubt to little avail.

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outlining posting norms

first an outline of the ‘typical’ or norm-al moves or stages in a post to the list. as generalisation, it pretty well covers all bases. as abstraction, however, there will be exceptions of course.

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The Collaborative Environment

Several members of the list  have already adopted 2.0 tools on both a personal and professional level and are capable bloggers.  In launching this site,  WordPress was provisioned as the platform with the idea of  leveraging the strength of their experience. As a “mini” content management system (CMS), it seems adequate to the task.

However, WordPress has it’s origins as a blogging platform, and blogs, as we are most familiar with them, are known primarily as the province of the individual voice. This brings the first issue of group interest into focus – how does the group present itself to the public? Read the rest of this entry »

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