Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Forum Format

From: Mark R. Harris (
Date: 18 Feb 2008

Much of the time, when there is a breakdown in collegiality, it comes about because the whole list is exposed to a disagreement that is highly topic-specific. That could be avoided with the proposed format.

I'm not disputing the success or value of the group -- clearly not, or why would I bother making an intended-to-be-productive suggestion? It wasn't intended to provoke the defensiveness that it seems to have.


On 2/18/08, jacquesdebierue <> wrote:
> --- In <>,
> "Mark R. Harris"
> <brokerharris@...> wrote:
> >
> > That would require more ambition than I possess at this point. :) And I
> > *like* this group -- I see no need to rival it, but it should not
> get stuck
> > in what is rapidly becoming the technological past. That was why I
> raised
> > these points.
> >
> I understand where you're coming from, Mark, and I do appreciate your
> comments. However, it seems to me you're associating the medium with
> the message, something that applies far less here than it does where
> there is money involved. The reason for this list's longevity is that
> it has content, that it's collegial, and also, importantly, that it
> has proven incorruptible when it comes to opinion. That is a merit of
> its membership, obviously, not of the format.
> If the purpose of this list were to attract as many people as possible
> in order to sell something, say advertising, you bet the latest medium
> would be mandatory (in business terms). But it is merely a discussion
> forum for hardboiled and noir... it's modest but it hasn't done so badly.
> Best,
> mrt

Mark R. Harris
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Appleton WI 54914
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