new technology to the rescue?

To: Birding-aus <>, Canberra Birds <>
Subject: new technology to the rescue?
From: John Leonard <>
Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2012 16:58:43 +1100

Hi all

I’m posting this to both birding-aus and the Canberra e-mail chat-line because I think it’s relevant to both.

I subscribe to these two chat-lines for a number of reasons and there are a number of types of messages posted which are of little interest to me. However there is one type of message which seems to be increasing, which is someone posting an observation about a birding topic which is kind of obvious, and then many people feeling they have to post simply to agree, or disagree.

I good example recently was the post on BirdLife’s new logo, in the end I suppose of this hundred or so who posted 60% disliked it, 40% liked it. But to what end? BirdLife wasn’t going to change their new logo even if everyone on birding-aus had opposed it.

In an effort to cut down on these types of posts, could I suggest this. That a new technology be introduced where people can agree or disagree with any post by clicking a link on the bottom. This link also gives people the chance to add additional comments. A week after the initial post was posted ONE e-mail is sent back to the group saying: “In the past week X people have agreed with this post and Y people have disagreed, the following additional comments have been posted.”


ps Please don’t agree or disagree with this post!

John Leonard

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