scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: Manners (was: Hello)
Mike Malone (fogeyman@BIGFOOT.COM
Thu Jul 27 2000 - 21:29:02 CDT
Really, this should be a lesson to all of us.
E-mail is not like talking. Subtle changes in the way you speak or the use
of body language can convey a lot of additional meaning, or even change the
entire meaning of a sentence.
That's a lot harder to convey with e-mail.
And, because we write e-mails in a hurry, we can choose the wrong words
sometimes. we write while the emotions are hot, without stopping to REALLY
think about what we're writing.
And we tend to THINK of e-mail as private. It's not.
Because SCOUTS-L is open to all, we as leaders MUST remember that we may not
be alone here. How many other Scouts are "lurking" out there on the list,
watching everything we say to each other.
What kind of lesson are we teaching? What kind of example are we setting?
I've seen some stuff on the list in the last coupleof months that I thought
I'd never see HERE.
There should be no room here for "letting the flames begin" or saying
something provocative to see who jumps on it.
Let's talk to each other here just as if a group of Scouts is watching us
talk to each other, because they just might be.
Poplar Bluff, MO
From: Scouts-L Youth Group List [mailto:Scouts-L@listserv.tcu.edu]On
Behalf Of EXT-Reed, Randall C
Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2000 9:29 AM
Subject: Re: Manners (was: Hello)
Mark, I would agree with everything you said in your post, IF I drew the
same interpretation as you did. I didn't. In fact, I thought it was just the
opposite. Maybe this has more to do with how certain of us express humor. I
dunno, I'm just amazed by all this and will use it to remind myself to
"tone-down" in postings lest I offend someone's sensibilities. Lesson
Randall C. Reed
Scoutmaster, Troop 543
Central Florida Council
"...I used to be a Buffalo..."