That's fine for many, even most, lists.On Fri, 22 Nov 2002, Roger B.A. Klorese wrote:For a particular type of list, they do something very positive: chase away slackers and lurkers. If you're interested in having smaller lists of high participation, pestering people with reconfirmation requests makes it likely the less interested will just go away. For community lists, that's a very good thing.Why? What harm do slackers and lurkers do? And what's the difference between them? I don't even know for sure what a slacker is, in this context, except that you seem to imply equating participation with production. I distinguish them.
We host a few where the goal is comunity, even "jabber," not technical or focused discussion. The owners of some of these lists even impose a minimum daily or weekly posting requirement; others don't go so far, but want to make it clear to everyone that if they intend to stick around and overhear what others are saying it requires a deliberate "allow me to stay in the room even if I'm not talking" process.
They are indeed different.Am I missing a problem? Or are jokes somehow different from the kinds of contributions to lists you had in mind? Or does the worker just resent the drone? <grin>