What's appropriate material for anthro-l? (was Re: Marcial Godoy
Danny Yee (danny@STAFF.CS.SU.OZ.AU)
Fri, 17 Feb 1995 12:18:42 +1000
I don't think we can produce hard and fast guidelines about what is
appropriate for anthro-l and what is not. "Anything that is likely to
be of interest to a large (how large?) fraction of the list members"
is probably a good general rule, but it's not always easy to tell
what will interest people. I don't want to be informed of *every*
earthquake, massacre or coup -- at least not via anthro-l -- but have
no objection to the list following events considered particularly
important by list members.
While anthro-l is "for" discussing anthropology, it is also a community
whose members are linked by more than just a shared interest in
anthropology. So my reaction to "off-subject" messages would depend
a lot on who they are from: if a long-term, active member of the
list posts stuff that only really concerns them personally, then I
have context in which to set what they say, and, more importantly,
I care about/am interested in them as much as in their ideas.
I'm toying with the idea of reversing this to provide a definition of
"virtual community": any group where commitment to and interaction with
other participants (for its own sake) comes to rival the ostensible
"purpose" of the group (whether implicit or explicit) as motivation