Melissa at Proffitt.com
Wed Jun 5 17:14:47 EDT 2002
On Wed, 29 May 2002 16:14:39 +0100, Philip.Belben at powertech.co.uk wrote:
>> (I like you. You're so direct. :)
>Thank you. And you're not, apparently. What you mean is that I'm (in the words
>of Will Venables - Hey! I got a DWJ reference in!) "a tactless bugger". But
>unlike me you're far too polite to say so :-)
That's true. BUT I actually do like that you're direct, because there's a
fine line between politeness and cowardice. And I'm afraid I'm too often on
the wrong side. So I admire directness...you tactless bugger. :)
>> We are a very friendly lot. Except for Philip. :) And me. But I always
>> feel really bad about it afterward.
>Oh, I do too. But not quite always - that depends on whom I've offended :-)
See, that's the other thing. I *always* feel bad about it even when the
person I've offended honestly deserves a poke in the eye with the
metaphorical sharp stick. I think it's a character flaw.
>> So what I'm wondering is, could there be some middle ground between mocking
>> and flaming newbies and just letting them flounder on their own? For
>> example, a "welcome" message upon subscribing that suggests looking at the
>> survey results on the website, or glancing over the recommended threads, or
>> something? I hesitate to suggest it because I know I wouldn't have to
>> implement it; it would be Deborah doing the work. :) I just wonder if
>> anyone thinks this might be valuable to new list members.
>Speaking for myself, I'm a fairly impetuous new member when I join a list,
>tending to jump into list discussions long before I'm ready. I think some sort
>of welcome message with a couple of paragraphs on list conventions (do we have
>any?) would be very useful. Anything longer, such as a typical list FAQ, might
>not get read.
That's exactly what I was thinking. Really, not having a FAQ is an
important distinction for this list, and I'd hate to have one. Besides,
what on EARTH do we need such a long document for? An introduction of
prominent list members and how to treat them? PuhLEEEZE.
>There was some mention of creating some sort of "members' area" on the web site,
>with information about the people on the list in it. A lot of work for poor
>Deborah, but would it serve the purpose?
Well, it's not like she's got anything better to--OW!
>For that matter, it's nearly a year since Ania posted her questionnaire on which
>we all filled in our innermost secrets ;-) With all the new members we've been
>gathering lately, perhaps we could have another "brief personal details" type
>thread to introduce ourselves again...
Good plan. You go first. :)
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