[LINK] The future of Link
ivan.trundle at alia.org.au
Mon Jun 13 15:37:54 EST 2005
On 13/06/2005, at 3:02 PM, Stilgherrian wrote:
> If anyone thinks I'm out of line here, please tell me! But as I
> read the
> mood, people have reached the point of saying "Enough is enough!"
> Now all we
> have to do is work out what to do about it.
I appreciate Stil's measured focus on how best to debate issues in
this context. Pausing to reflect on this demonstrates that this is
where Link shines (on occasion!).
The analogy with a meeting hall is apt in many ways. There's no need
for (or value in) personal attacks, and I believe that the mood of
those that are left with any interest in the matter is at a crucial
turning point. However, I wonder how many have simply 'left the
room' (and I don't mean unsubscribing...).
However, if I were to come to Link as a first-timer, and viewed the
archives to judge the tenor of discussion, I'd most likely quickly
head in the opposite direction. An interesting dimension to the
problem - and again, parallels can be found in the church/school
hall: walking in at the 'wrong' time would elicit the same kind of
response, I suspect.
Reflection, sensitive consideration, education, a warning (if then
appropriate), and possible eviction seems to be a sensible way
forward. Do we need to codify this in any way? How do we approach
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