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COMMUNET  October 1996, Week 4

COMMUNET October 1996, Week 4

Subject:

Ax-grinding, long quotes, etc.

From:

"Albert W. Boss" <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Albert W. Boss

Date:

Wed, 23 Oct 1996 10:37:05 -0700 (PDT)

Content-Type:

TEXT/PLAIN

Parts/Attachments:

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TEXT/PLAIN (69 lines)

Dear colleagues:

This might be a good time to re-acquaint ourselves with who we are and why
we're here.

First, among the "who we are" is a lot of people, particularly those not
in the United States and Canada, who have to pay according to the volume
of their e-mail.  This current unfortunate practice of quoting back huge
strings of previous messages is causing undue hardship.  Please take care
to edit out all but the most relevant part of the message you quote.

And second, this is the Community and Civic Network discussion list, not
the "Top 10,976 Reasons Why I Hate ___________" (fill in the name of
whomever offends you, evidently particularly if they're either an elected
official in CPSR or an inhabitant of the municipality of Pittsburgh).
Please, if you want to have a sniping contest that surpasses the
development of community or civic networks, either do it in private via
individual e-mail wars or set up competing web sites so that those of us
who share your passion or want to follow the battle can make our own
choice about whether or not to follow it.  

I use this list as a professional resource, and I suggest it to others who
want to see the positive potential for communication of ideas that the
Internet has to offer.  I believe this recent level of vitriol is not only
self-defeating, but ultimately harmful to all of us and our community or
civic networking efforts.

I realize that we care about what we do, and that's why we get passionate
about our opinions.  I know that the current heated conversations began
here because they're legitimate reflections of individual frustrations
that came about as part of trying to set up a community or civic network
framework.  But, I think they're going beyond the need for all of us to be
a party to the discussion.  And, I think that we're getting close to
erasing the line between the right of free speech and the responsibility
for speaking as if someone somewhere in our lives taught us some manners 
and the concept of consideration..

For more information, refer to "The Net: User Guidelines and Netiquette",
by Arlene Rinaldi, for some basic rules.  This guide is available on the
World-Wide Web at http://rs6000.adm.fau.edu/rinaldi/netiquette.html or via
e-mail: Send the following one-line command to [log in to unmask]

send docs-gen rinaldi-netiquette

----------------------

Further Readings (as quoted from "The Etiology and Treatment of
Childhood", published in "Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality", Ed.
Glenn C.  Ellenbogen, Wry-Bred Press, 1986): 

Smythe, C., & Barnes, T. (1979).  Behavior therapy prevents tooth decay.
Journal of Behavioral Orthodontics, 5, 79-89.

Potash, S., & Hoser, B. (1980).  A failure to replicate the results of
Smythe and Barnes.  Journal of Dental Psychiatry, 34, 678-680.

Smythe, C., & Barnes, T. (1980).  Your study was poorly done: A reply to
Potash and Hoser.  Annual Review of Aquatic Psychiatry, 10, 123-156.

Potash, S., & Hoser, B. (1981).  Your mother wears army boots: A further
reply to Smythe and Barnes.  Archives of Invective Research, 56, 570-578.

Smythe, C., & Barnes, T. (1982).  Embarrassing moments in the sex lives of
Potash and Hoser: A further reply.  National Enquirer, May 16.




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