Heather Kendrick <bunny...@ameritech.net
: On Oct 8, 2020, Surf Dance Chris wrote
: (in article<d91a3b23-9417-430d...@googlegroups.com
: > It?s hard to get people to come over to RRC when Facebook and other
: > platforms offer images and more members, generally speaking.
: That?s very true, and people are already there keeping in touch with family
: and so on so it requires no special effort to follow. However, social media
: platforms are terrible for actual discussion, and actively hostile to
: chronological reading habits. My admittedly snobbish opinion is that their
: popularity for hosting groups is at least partly due to people not knowing
: any better because they weren?t using the Internet in the days of sensibly
: threaded discussions. If they had been, surely they would realize how awful
: the Facebook version of a discussion group really is. So I tell myself.
Facebook groups in particular are especially awful. Setting aside the
chronology problem, and even the problem of trying to read threaded content
in any meaningful way, the other major problem is that groups have
ownership, and ownership is tied into Failbook's privacy model. This means
that if you have a lot of like-minded friends you are going to end up
monitoring dozens of groups with overlapping membership and content...but
no one group includes *everybody* or *everything*.
I lost track of the number of times I saw the Velocicoaster annoucement a
few days ago.
If you think you are getting honest opinions on Usenet, you haven't been
reading Usenet long enough. There are people here who I can tell you are
very different in person than they are on r.r-c. But you are going to get
the usually-consistent opinion of that person as he presents himself on the
As nice as the lack of moderation can be (but it's a double-edged sword; it
requires a certain level of civility or flame wars *will* erupt!) I think
the real key to r.r-c is the lack of *ownership* of the total group. That
and the fact that it is totally open to anyone both to participate and to
read. That makes it possible for r.r-c to be a much more comprehensive
community than you can find *anywhere* else.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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