[prog] Comments on response to closure: what next?

Mary Gardiner mary at puzzling.org
Tue Jun 12 06:36:01 UTC 2007

A quick observation: very few people who posted opposing closure have
ever posted to this list (Jacinta is a major exception).

Now, on the question of "how quiet is too quiet?", my thought is this:
you learn what is suitable on a list by watching other people post to
the list. At the moment, if I (I'm a programmer) have a cool idea or
quibble or rant about programming, this is the last place I'd think to
send it, and that's because I haven't had the list show me how it wants
to be used. No one else is using it for anything. I don't know what size
audience I'd get by posting here, what level of responses, anything like
that. So I post to spaces that I know.

If you care about this space as much as your responses suggest, you need
to develop it. Figure out what you want to use it for, and then use it.
We'll always have lots of lurkers around, but we can't all be lurkers.
There were 13 posts in 2007 prior to mine. This list doesn't need to be
as active as techtalk, but that really does seem low for a place where
discussions are meant to happen.

Anyway, given this, I'll leave the list open but return to the question
at the end of the year.


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