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I am a brand new member of this listserv. I was a long-time lurker on one
other (very active!) listserv in the past. Reviewing recent comments and
comparing the "feel" of this listserv to the other, it appears some
techwhirlers on this list seem almost intimidated, afraid to post, or afraid
of others' postings.
I want to quote Sanjay here, but I am not suggesting that Sanjay feels the
way I am describing. I apologize to Sanjay if I give that impression. His
comment provoked some introspection and evaluation on my part, and my intent
is to use his comment as a springboard to a broader discussion.
Sanjay said: "BTW, um, shouldn't we take this OT??" in response to Kevin's
I received Eric's admonishment today, just like the rest of you. I had been
amused by the brief back-and-forths about curling but I must agree, they
really *were* off topic. However, the subject of Burn Out and what other
techwhirlers do to combat it is, IMHO, most definitely a professional issue
worthy of open professional discussion. First: why did Sanjay think it
should be off-line?
Kevin's posting was witty, quirky, irreverent, and possibly skating along
the edges of the listserv rules - so? Techwhirlers are *wordsmiths* -
educated professionals who play with words, sentences and connotations all
day long! It is no surprise that our wordsmith products among ourselves are
less cut-and-dried, more fanciful even, than what we give to our clients
and/or bosses. My private term among wordsmiths to describe this phenomenon
is "word candy." Second: why did Sanjay think Kevin's word candy belonged
off-line? Is word candy not permitted?
I bring new eyes/ears to the Techwhirl listserv - are my observations
completely off-base, or am I seeing something that long-timers don't because
they've gotten used to it? Listserv rules and listserv rules enforcers play
important roles and I am not advocating anarchy. I *am* an advocate for
putting all the cards on the table, so everyone knows what the rules are.
jwaite -at- criticaldevices -dot- com