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[Xmca-l] Re: Changing Practices at XMCA

Hi Professor Cole ,
Thank you for suggested improvements. I read XCMA  continuously.
Thank you for all you do.
Robert Lake
On Dec 12, 2014 2:47 PM, "mike cole" <mcole@ucsd.edu> wrote:

> Dear xmca0philes
> My most recent note, regarding discussion of sociocritical theory via
> Kris's RRQ paper, ​indicates part of my effort to implement modest changes
> in the organization of xmca discourse aimed at improving its usefulness and
> attractiveness to people (the two being mixed).
> At the most minimum level, ​we can reduce some sources of misunderstanding
> and discoordination by declaring a distinct header for any topic anyone
> wants to discuss concerning culture and development in their broadest
> contexts. No guarantee ever that anyone will respond, let alone set off a
> stream of responses. But at least we can keep sequence in the threads
> consistent, and they will be easy to retrieve as a set from the archiving
> web page should one want to.
> There are no policepersons in this process. (But so far as I can tell, no
> harm in nagging).
> Other modifications in the structure of the discourse are possible. It
> would be nice to know, for example, how many people actually read xmca from
> time to time in some form, and how many of our 800+ subscribers have xmca
> in their span filters. About 200 people people have posted in the past
> year. Bruce and I are working on a non-obtrusive way of checking to see how
> many silent folks are lurking out of interest and how many are zombies.
> Early on Annalisa suggested a sort of "Beginner's Manual" which seemed like
> a good idea, but it requires some coordinated person power. A group to
> create such a facility is in the process of formation, and I figure there
> should be more about that appearing.
> A year or more ago Andy and Huw put together a wiki that I think of
> (perhaps inappropriately) as a kind of "key word wiki" for CHAT.
> It exists, although it is in quarantine at present to insure that it will
> never carry any viruses into the UCSD campus. This seems like
> a natural part of the xmca pool of resources, and may be useful to the
> newbiies' materials.
> We have looked into forums and other media for xmca, but so far as I can
> tell, there is no general purpose utility that would not require the
> involvement of significantly more coordinated person power, and probably
> customizing, et that LCHC can manage. Perhaps I am wrong about this and the
> new, great, effortless substitute is at your nearest supermarket. However,
> for the moment, we will continue working within the fungible, but perhaps
> not entirely elastic, structure of xmca.
> Now, back to the thread I want to address,
> Imagination
> mike
> --
> It is the dilemma of psychology to deal with a natural science with an
> object that creates history. Ernst Boesch.