Dude, haven't you ever been lying in bed thinking how over-rated Riefenstahl's 'Triumph of the Will' is -- really a very distasteful propaganda flick -- and then started thinking, hey, wouldn't it be cool if someone watched this movie under the impression that it was a guide to learning how to play the volkszither?
Dude, you got some guy, all the way from Ireland, to make his first post on System, just to say 'WTF' at you. Your entire career has been working towards this point.
I guess dropping a small thermonuclear bomb on Tauranga would be beyond the pale?
I could really get on board with this, except for that whole 'people who live in WTF electorates shouldn't throw nukes' thing.
I've got more respect for the old slut now than I ever did before. It would be a shame for him to retire after losing to Clarkson.
My kids go to school with kids who were on the Tampa. I can't see the back of that horrible excuse for a human being soon enough, sorry.
Oh! And I was thinking about experts cage-wrestling, and I remembered the first article David H did for PA, on energy policy. That was a wee gem. Maybe that would be a good area for expert death-matches getting closer to the election: experts analysing party policy in their particular area.
Hi, Zita! I feel an 'in ur community lowrin ur participashun threshold' coming on...
As Adam pointed out in our panel discussion at ADA, when someone of high status in your particular field asks you to write about a specific topic or project you feel much more committed to actually posting.
Yeah, that jumped out at me. I spent some time after that contemplating whether Russell counts as a 'guru', and what a loaded word guru is.
But I think it goes for beta-testing too. If someone invites you to be a part of a community before it goes officially public, to seed or work out the bugs or whatever, you feel a greater attachment to it, and something of a sense of ownership. Choose those people carefully and they'll give you their time and wit and expertise, and lay down the foundations of 'correct behaviour' for you community, and all for nothing.
So I stayed away.
Nah, see, if it had said something like
Suppose they say, "Come on, you don't need to go to this lecture. Stay and have a couple more hands of bastard gin. Then we can discuss the relative merits of leather and PVC until it's time to go to the party, where we will drink, and dance to goth-rock, and watch fifty guys still be too scared to hit on the six women,"
THAT would have meant 'stay away from KAOS'.
Roping in 'outside' experts for a caged debate does sound like fun. Can we lay bets on the outcome? Who's going to sell the popcorn? And will the loser get the thumbs down, permanently?
I have this strange urge now to watch Linux Geeks wrestle.
At about the same age as Renee, I was lured into Girls' Brigade - I can't remember how, and it baffles me now. The only thing I remember is deliberately cross-stitching my napkin to my skirt out of sheer boredom.
But when I went to uni, I joined KAOS. It was the making of me, I swear. And nobody tried to make me cross-stitch anything.
I completely jumped to a wrong conclusion from the subject of the post...
Das Modeling clay
Well that worked, then. There's some in my daughter's bedroom, I wonder if she'd make a little Russell, and a little David...
whether adding system has increased the readership of the straight blogs
Oh, the potential for deliberate misunderstanding.
if i remember right, you could have a "featured-comments" section where only your given experts discuss an issue. then you have a lurkers section where they lurk and/or talk about the experts.
I'm not sure what the idea was in detail, obviously. I'm not big, though, on dividing a community from the top down, rather than letting it naturally precipitate.
i wonder if like me, on PA some other women just can't be arsed getting into a heated discussion
Zita was saying, with the ADA mailing list, that having a bit of conflict going gets the level of activity up. Gets people talking. I remember the same philosophy being used at Realms of Insanity, which was a Chch-based BBS back in the early nineties.
It doesn't work for us. We have too many people of the type who are just completely turned off by yelling, and walk away. We lose more than we gain, but I can see how it works in some other forums.