Multiple Lists: Another View

Dan Shafer revdan at
Sat Sep 4 22:16:11 EDT 2004


Yeah, I'd expect a general-interest list not to be very popular.

If you'll forgive my extending your restaurant analogy, creating 
separate special-interest lists is like having a restaurant where only 
a single dish is available in all rooms but the main one. The 
conviviality that is so important to participation in this list gets 
lost easily in situations where specially focused lists abound.

I'm just suggesting we be very conservative and careful about how many 
of these other lists we create and support.

On Sep 4, 2004, at 6:56 PM, Richard Gaskin wrote:

> Dan Shafer wrote:
>> It will come as no surprise to those who know me that I find myself 
>> not quite 100% in favor of the new move to splinter our community 
>> into multiple special-interest lists. I've seen this happen before 
>> and although it dramatically increases efficiency, it dramatically 
>> decreases community cohesion and camaraderie.
> We're already in a multi-list world, and it's probably okay:
> This is by far the main list, with many more subscribers than any 
> other.  It's the only list linked to from the Rev site, and folks on 
> the other lists regularly recommend joining this one.
> It's like a restaurant that serves one great main dish, with a broad 
> range of choices available on the dessert tray.
> It's worth noting that the only secondary lists that have had any 
> longevity are those with a well-defined special purpose.  Those that 
> were created with the aim of being just another venue for general Rev 
> discussion have fallen into disuse in favor of this one.
> -- 
>  Richard Gaskin
>  Fourth World Media Corporation
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