On Tue, 27 Nov 2001 13:36:00 -0800
Chuq Von Rospach <email@example.com> wrote:
> How we handle it depends on whether we see the list as
> topic-focussed or community-focussed. Are others noticing that?
There's also a middle ground. I primarily run topic-focused lists,
but realise that the success of those lists is due to their
membership communities. As a result I massage topic with one hand
and the community with the other. As with most such things its a
> Is the list "about the San Jose Sharks"? Or is the list "for San
> Jose Sharks fans"?
Then there's, "The list is about Foo and helping people with/do
Foo." Its not a simple clear cut dichotomy.
Most of my lists not only have the topic definition of <technical
field> but have a base purpose of "improve <technical field> and
advance the state of the art." The state of the art is advance by
people and their contributions, and so social engineering and human
relations are a large (huge) factor. At the same time they can't
dominate or else you've abandoned the list purpose in pursuit of ego
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