|in-jokes at gatherings||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: TRACEY_PIT (TRACEY_PITantdiv.gov.au)|
|Date: Mon, 18 Jul 94 21:50 CDT|
Dear cohousers Regarding a recent posting which indicated some concern over the number of in-jokes and jargon at one of their meetings. My feeling on this is: it's bound to happen, and may actually be indicative of the development of a community. Sure, be sensitive to newcomers, but I think we shouldn't feel guilty about "in-jokes". An Arts student friend told me of a theory that one of the most important aspects for community development is a shared history. While I personally put lots of energy into welcoming newcomers to our group, I also very much enjoy the familiarity and "mateship" of the established group. In summary, I don't see in-jokes as a negative thing. Provided newcomers are "helped" through their induction to the group, jargon and in-jokes are actually an honest and positive reflection of your community. Cheers Tracey Pitman Cascade CoHousing Tasmania
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