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I've considered it, but could not decide if it should be in a
chronological duration, or simply a count of how many exchanges. Then
there is the issue of how to resolve digressions which often have a
varied progression (one may be there in 4 messages in a couple hours,
another takes 21 over a week), and then to integrate those who lurk
and then, in a flury of wit, advance/decline the themes in a dozen or
less threads (and their sub-themes)...
Then I considered the notable fact that most of the declines to the
inane are a healthy release of social stress, a protest against
"politically correct" speech and politically incorrect workplaces.
How then do we ascertain the relevance of the decline?
Finally, if the decline is both healthy and a way to avoid getting too
serious about the topic, should we then make it a "task" to determine
how hard we are trying NOT to take it to serious?
>Date: Wed, 20 Nov 1996 09:49:13 -0600
>From: Stephen Victor <svictor -at- HOUSTON -dot- GEOQUEST -dot- SLB -dot- COM>
>Subject: Re: One-ups
>huh huhuhh huhuh
>He said "up"
>uhuhhhh huhuh huhuhh
>Has anyone on this list ever timed how long it takes for
>serious discussion of an issue to degenerate into utter inanity?
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