Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Forum Format

From: Karin Montin (
Date: 18 Feb 2008


I think you're being rather harsh. I didn't read any of Mark's posts that way. I thought he was offering additional information.

And I find this thread more interesting than the De Palma one, incidentally.


At 10:25 PM 18/02/2008 +0000, Charles wrote:

>Mark wrote:
>> Man, have I been struck by the sheer
>> nastiness of the responses to my
>> innocently offered idea. That'll
>> learn me...
>Not intending to pick a fight here, Mark, but you didn't
>just "innocently offer" your idea -- you offered it and offered it
>and offered it again, insistently and naggingly, until this annoying
>meta-discussion about how best to hold our discussions represented
>the majority of the messages coming across my screen today. In the
>face of zero support from any quarter and more than a few people
>saying, "Sorry, nope, not interested" you kept insistently and
>repetitively explaining why you were right and all the people you
>were failing to persuade were wrong.
>I don't think anyone would have responded particularly negatively (in
>terms of tone -- they would still not have liked your idea) if you
>had just said ONCE, "Listen, I know this might be a lot of work, but
>I, at least, would like it better if we made the following change and
>here is a list of the reasons the rest of you might like it better,
>too. If no one's interested, fine; if you are interested, let me
>know and I'll see what I can do to help make this happen."
>But that's not what you did.
>For the record, no one could accuse me of being a Luddite and I do
>appreciate the reasons some other platforms might be better, but you
>know what? There's something to be said for inertia, something to be
>said for the status quo, and even if I hadn't read the many messages
>from people who don't want any change and the zero messages from
>people agreeing with you, I'd have come down on the side of
>encouraging the moderators to leave things the way they are.
>Now, speaking only on my own behalf (but I suspect I'm not the only
>one who feels this way), can we please let this topic die?
>On the other hand: If you have anything to say about the actual topic
>of this list -- crime fiction -- I very much hope you will go ahead
>and post it.
>--- In, "Mark R. Harris"
><brokerharris@...> wrote:
>> Those were two of more than a dozen functionalities that I
>mentioned. Not
>> the most important ones. But people seem to reading just those bits
>> they can back-slash me on.
>> Man, have I been struck by the sheer nastiness of the responses to
>> innocently offered idea. That'll learn me...
>> Mark
>> --
>> Mark R. Harris
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>> Appleton WI 54914
>> (920) 470-9855
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