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Betsy Teeple

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Registered: 12/3/04
summary of ideas
Posted: Jul 9, 1998 12:40 PM
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This is a summary of the ideas that I heard.

Problems with defining community - basically only really felt a
community exists when there had been a face to face meeting, some sort
of previous contact.

Consensus that large, unorganized lists not very useful. If there was
something useful in there - too hard to find possible solution -- use
Eudora to filter out unnecessary messages.

So does that mean that it is better to have a moderated and monitored
site? But that may result in the loss of whatever community feeling
had existed.

Also it may help to cluster the messages -- but that takes too much
work. Create a daily digest to condense the subjects, find yourself a
personal subgroup to talk with.

Closed groups were all favorably talked about. There was some useful
information that was passed around but then that comes back to the
community issue because these groups were often a result of a
conference where people had gathered, connected, and decided to
continue the conversations on the internet

Create threaded discussion group with prompters and identifiers.

So how do we foster the growth of a community and not just a bunch of
messages?

problems:
- new readers too intimidated to join in -- resulting in stagnant
groups
- new members often repeated conversations so that get cycles in chats

some solutions:
- establish a personal connections in a separate part of the
discussion group
- establish a common goal - maybe restricted topic

When kids are able to send out messages and receive a response makes
them realize that there is someone out there who is receiving that
message.





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