scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: WHY 'reply off line' ??
Settummanque, the blackeagle ((MAJ) Mike L. Walton) (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Fri Aug 18 2000 - 21:14:15 CDT
Tom Sully (tsully@JUNO.COM) wrote:
>Wendall has hit the nail on the head. I would just add one word:
>Don't reply unless you can significantly add content.
But that's not the idea of a DISCUSSION LIST, guys. Maybe you two have the
wrong idea of what
Scouts-L is all about.
We are NOT a "question and answer forum" as in "What's two plus two?" and
someone else answers
"four" and yet someone else answers "four, because you take two of
something and sit two more beside it
and you now have four..." We get a lot of those kind of questions, and we
do answer them but that's not why the list was set up.
Scouts-L is a DISCUSSION FORUM, so that not just the answer "four" is
given, but the deeper questions and answers relating to that question can
be provided. It is NOT a "race" to see "who can provide the best and most
correct answers first"; that's why many of the questions you see here get
answered within a week to ten days (maybe longer if people like me don't
get to read and answer their mail every day)!
It's also why, while most answers are consistant, there are some answers
with a variety of reasoning and background to them which may not "pare with
the book or documents" but does make a lot of sense...and why of course,
they do it that way. This leads to more DISCUSSION, which leads to more
questions and more answers....
Scouts-L doesn't "belong" to one or five or twenty-two people, those
sitting toward the front end of our "virtual roundtable". It belongs to
YOU, even those "holding up the walls" in the far back corner. While we
appreciate you wanting to just "read and getting a feel for what's going
on", we would really like for you to come forward, introduce yourself to us
all, tell us what brought you here and then if you still feel like moving
back to one of the "walls", then you can do so. Yeah, we know that some of
you senior professional types in the BSA and GSUSA cannot talk official
programming or give your professional opinion on things...but nobody says
that you can't at least tell us you're around! *grinning from ear to ear*
Scouts-L is also a FORUM FOR THE EXCHANGE OF IDEAS, OPINION, THOUGHT AND
INFORMATION about items related to YOUTH PROGRAMS (not just the BSA, but
the Girl Scouts of the USA, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, Junior
Achievement, church/faith-based youth groups and organizations, and on and
on....and not just in the USA, but in some 22 countries (so far) around the
world). This exchange of ideas and information keeps people coming back,
not because they are too lazy to look it up or do their own research, but
rather because they want to take so that later onward they can give when a
topic does come up that they are knowledgable about enough to post a comment.
Yeah, the "one line comments" sometimes DOES wear thin. But if there's
nothing else to say about it, and since we don't all receive the notes
which generated the comments at precisely the same time, there's very
little we can do about this.
If you are looking for "content", there are plenty of Scouting-related
websites with content out there, ready to accept your viewing. The idea
behind Scouts-L was NOT to "provide content" for websites and
newsletters. It was and continues to be "THE International Daily
Roundtable Meeting which NEVER ENDS!"
About "salesmanship" via the list: the listowner (and there's only ONE)
has already provided guidance on self-promotion and advertisment of
products on this list. If you do so, you do it in your signature and you
do it briefly. An occassional (as in once or twice a quarter)
advertisement with a link to a website or a snailmail address for those
further interested to contact you by. That's it. If you're doing more
than that, you really shouldn't. Jon's a really easy-going guy. Over the
last ten years, he's really had to put up with a lot, and convince the
people at Texas Christian University that he's got things under
control....but there's a limit to niceness (and there SHOULD be a limit).
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
Crystal City, VA