Mea culpa as far as posting private jokes and other inane comments to
the list. Many of you read the somewhat testy exchange between Harjit
and me last Friday. I'm pleased to say that we settled our differences
amicably off-list, and I'm resolved to keep the jokes to a minimum in
the future. While some readers find my attempts at humor mildly
amusing, others, apparently, get very annoyed. I think we can agree
that this listserv should not be primarily a source of amusement. We
can also agree, I'm sure, that this isn't an appropriate place for
private conversations (though most have us have, at some point,
inadvertently replied to the list when we intended to reply to an
But that raises the question of what this listserv SHOULD be. Do we
want to limit our postings to purely technical issues? Do we want to
discuss matters of a philosophical nature? If the discussion moves away
from technology to education in general, is that permitted? Is rant
proscribed? One person's rant may be another person's lengthy
Christopher Kibbe seems to find "interesting discussions" appropriate.
I agree, though I disagree with his parenthetical characterization of
the "platform" discussion as "pointless". But even if it's not
pointless, is it appropriate for this list? I think so, but who am I to
say? Kibbe says "don't bother to reply with a lengthy diatribe." Is he
in charge? Who's refereeing here?
Maybe we all are. Don't the contributors shape the discussion? A
while back, someone told me of an acquaintance who had unsubscribed from
this list because he thought there was too much useless discussion. I
mentioned that I didn't recall any posts from that person. He said that
was because this person had never posted anything. Was I supposed to be
upset about this person leaving? I, myself, am a "list-lurker" on
several listservs; I enjoy the luxury, but don't expect any say in the
nature of the content.
We have different personalities here. There are those of us who feel
strongly about staying on-topic and in-focus. They work long hours and
don't have time for idle banter. They're task oriented and probably
very good at getting things accomplished.
Others, like me, enjoy meandering about a little bit (okay, maybe more
that a little bit). I too work long hours (at least at certain times of
year or when I've created a crisis), but I find the chit-chat relaxing,
especially with people who are workers in the same vineyard. I guess I
think part of what we should be doing here is building community. I
think we should be about collegiality. So many techies in Vermont are
off in small schools with no other techies around to kvetch to. Hey,
I'm here; I'll listen - no matter how far off topic you get.
So what do we want this listserv to be? Maybe we want it to be two
different ones; maybe three. Or maybe you all just want me to shut up.
TOO BAD! :-)
Information Technology Director
Montpelier Public Schools
58 Barre Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
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I have some real concerns about the quality and quantity of material
now appearing on this listserve. Yes, there are good questions and
and, sometimes, some interesting discussions. (The pointless argument
the benefits of one platform over another was not one of them.) It's
great to have lots of resources as close as your keyboard. However,
are also a lot of conversations that seem to be, in tone, rather
unnecessary for all of us to read.
Can everyone agree to keep this listserve as part of our business?
that want to chat or have specific items to discuss with each other
easily do this over regular email.
By the way, don't bother to reply to this with a lengthy diatribe...
Christopher Kibbe, Principal
Saxtons River Elementary School
Saxtons River, VT