Re: META: Re: SL4?

From: Mike Dougherty (
Date: Wed Jan 18 2006 - 17:01:14 MST

Is this the thread/post equivalent of Flickr-style tagging?

It would be great to have each message catalogued through what I have read
has been labelled "Folksonomy" (vs. Taxonomy) but i wonder if that would
require a special reader-interface through which to communicate the
evaluation. Personally i think this list would be improved by a
concentrating the threads into a more navigable tapestry, rather than a
stream of loosely integrated emails.

I also would volunteer my time for this.

On 1/18/06, Phillip Huggan <> wrote:
> Sometimes I have spare time but am too bored or burned out to read the
> subject material I'm studying. If there were a mechanism by which I could
> flag or compile a "best of sl4 archives" (top 10%), and if the flagged parts
> were later compiled by someone as a newbie intro or something, I would
> gladly volunteer my time for such an effort.
> *Mitchell Howe <>* wrote:
> So SL4 is no longer the lean, fresh list that it once was. There was
> never any reason to think that it could stay new forever. The SL4
> idea-space is no longer virgin territory. The main avenues have been
> surveyed out. The old-growth forests have been thinned. The tavern by
> the pier has already burned to the ground twice.
> Does this mean it's time to redefine the posting guidelines, especially
> in regards to reading! the archives? I leave that to the owner to decide.
> I was countermanded a while back when I tried to kill a thread about AI
> Jail. It was an official "dead horse" topic, so I thought it was a
> no-brainer. But Eliezer felt that, as a highly relevant topic, it
> deserved continued debate, so long as people could maintain quality
> standards in the process. Is this possible without tracking back and
> forth over older ground on occasion? Probably not.
> So, I've been hesitant to snipe on-topic threads sustained by people who
> communicate reasonably well and have something to say, even when I know
> that, somewhere in the archives, the points have been made before.
> That said, the archives do exist. If I were a relative newcomer to SL4,
> I wouldn't try to read them from end to end, but I would definitely
> search for specific topics I was interested in discussing, if only to
> avoid embarassing myself.
> With this in mind, another good ! question to ask yourself before posting
> is, "will this comment be 'signal' or 'noise' to people going through
> the archives?" This is subtly different from the question of whether a
> posting will be relevant in the here and now.
> I'm not going to kill a thread about list moderation, for obvious
> reasons... but let's at least tag it as the META discussion it is, lest
> we muddy up the archives even more.
> --SL4 List Sniper
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