I'm about to start analysing the responses from the 300 people who have
participated in the Birding-Aus census, and will forward a summary to
all those who participated.
In the mean time, a bit of feedback to the list on what people said
that relate to Birding-Aus netiquette.
On the positive side, people like:
- the helpful informality / willingness to help
- pooled knowledge
- trip reports
- commentary from people who know what they are talking about
- sense of community
- establishing contact with other birders
- discussions on taxonomy, birding research, links to websites etc
On the negative side, people don't like:
- waffle, flippant, inane comments, thoughtless posts
- point-scoring, ego-preening, intimidation
- personal comments sent to the list
- rehashed arguments and bickering
- extended off-topic threads
A number of people referred to the archives. Many would like to see
responses to RFIs sent to the newsgroups rather than just the
individual asking the question, as that would add to the pool of
Similarly, people who use the archives find it easier if people use the
reply option to continue existing threads, but then use new subject
lines if they are starting new threads.
As general rules, people should probably keep personal comments and
chit chat off line, and people need to think about what they have
written before they hit the send button. Do you want what you wrote to
wind up in the archives?
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