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Started by Green, March 21, 2004, 03:03:44 PM
Quote from: Emily CareProfiling threads often get people to speak out once, but not necessarily to become active. I'd think that when an area of someone's interest and/or expertise arises they are likely to get involved. That's a question, what brought out all of those who are active? And for those who are silent what are you looking for?
Quote from: Mike HolmesFirst, there are some theory threads for which you aren't supposed to "use" them at all per se. That is, there are some here who propose that theorizing about matters that do not have a directly practical use is a proper use for these fora. ... Chris Lehric may want to comment further on this.
Quote from: GreenI hope this answers your question.
Quote from: GreenAs one of those frequent-readers-rare-posters, I believe that what would cause me to make the leap from passive to active is (I guess I should be ashamed to say it like this) people being interested in what I have to say. Perhaps this is prudish of me, but I don't like to have to push people into listening or paying attention to me, so I sit and wait until I feel I have something that needs to be said, a question I have that is particularly well-suited for the Forge, and then post. Most of the time I don't get many, if any replies, so I don't bother for a long time.
QuoteMy mindset turned from "I've got something useful to add!" to "Boy, do I sound like an idiot." :) (I'm not sure if others have had this same experience or if I'm just sharing a little too much of my own burgeoning psychoses.)
Quote from: Steve SamsonI WANT to be an active poster--to enthusiastically support my fellow Forgers (Forgites? Forgians?)
Quote from: Steve Samson, to bounce ideas back and forth, and to stir the cauldron and see what interesting bits bubble to the top. But after a few initial posts (which did get read and responded to, thanks everyone!) I dropped back into lurker mode. Why?I think part of it is that the high quality of most of the posts can be very intimidating to a new poster. I've never lacked for self-confidence, especially in the arena of intellectual discourse, but several times since joining the Forge I've started writing a response and then cancelled out of it when my thoughts bogged down. My mindset turned from "I've got something useful to add!" to "Boy, do I sound like an idiot." :)(I'm not sure if others have had this same experience or if I'm just sharing a little too much of my own burgeoning psychoses.)
Quote from: Steve SamsonI also think that we need to be aware of the fine line between high standards and elitism. I think high standards are an absolute necessity for the kind of community that Ron and Clinton and all the Forge veterans seem to be committed to.