|GN?: Proposal for List Changes||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: jlynnb (jlynnbsympatico.ca)|
|Date: Sun, 11 Oct 1998 16:56:45 -0500|
First, Thanks Dan for a succinct point of clarification around IC's! Second, regarding the Urbanics list discussion... I think cohousing in all its glorious manifestations needs as many people talking about it as possible. Given that, I have to admit I feel we are best served by one list. This is in no way to take away from Micheal's desire to serve a need he saw arise. Please read on... Cohousing lists could be generated along many lines: Urban and Rural or Retrofits and Ground ups, or In Progress and Living In. Each has differing issues, needs and growth patterns. I truly like the bigger sense of community, the very real sense of connectivity to an extended group of people having similar dreams, aiming for the same reality, irregardless of the details of their structures, or their local bylaws. The sense of camaraderie is so important for those times we falter, for the celebratory announcements in our quest, for the day-to-dayness. THIS latter "meta-purpose" is why I am continuous list member, and not just an occasional user. I have inhabited both lists, and found topics got carried back and forth across both lists or simply posted to both - great for the "one-list-only" users - annoying for those of us who belonged to both because we didn't want to miss potentially useful lines of information. No judgement beyond that, simply stating a feeling. The existence of the excellent coho-L archives allows any of us at any time to research a particular topic/thread. I have searched nearly ALL the archives -every year's worth - to find stuff for our Toronto retrofit group - I really do NOT want to re-invent perfectly good wheels!!! Yet the creative message titles are not always clear about content. Thus, there are two intertwined threads here for me, both concerning efficiency - something us busy folks all aim for! First, how do we serve apparently divergent communities (emphasis on "apparent"). Second, how could we more efficiently read our daily coho mail and/or search for archived messages? I PROPOSE that we revise the format for SUBJECT TITLES. Could we send all messages with a short standardized "prefix"? I saw something like this on WITSENDO - an ENDOMETRIOSIS list. It SEEMS possible to address some of the amibiguity about content by generating a very simple *SHORT* list of suitable prefixes. Each compact prefix is built from two components: the content marker and the query type. This could be as follows.... CONTENT MARKERS: UB = urban content RL = rural specific $$ = money issues LG = legals RF = retrofit GU = Ground Up or LD = Lot Development, etc. CS = Common Space GN = general interest CN = Canadian content (sorry, we hear this all the time around our media) QUERY TYPE: ?: question, input needed Re: reply to (using this here instead of at the beginning prevents a non-useful sort of data all beginning with "RE:") !: interesting tidbit et cetera... My message was sent as: "GN?: Proposal for List Changes". If I wanted to find it later, along with any related replies, in either the archives or future list mailings/digests I could, in theory, scan for just that prefix (after year and month sort) and have a smaller data pool to search thru. The prefix list could be included in the original welcome to coho-L document, and/or included in the monthly message from Fred Olson. And then hardcopied and posted beside our communication tool for those of us with smaller working buffers ;) In effect, we would then spread responsibility back to originators - us - to categorize our creations as we saw best fitting the bigger group. This MIGHT provide another version of clarity, eliminating the need for two lists, yet allowing us to benefit from the broader data pool as we chose. Thoughts?? ANY modifications, revisions, alternate systems are welcomed for discussion. Happy Thanksgiving from Toronto. It is a glorious crisp, sunny, pungent autumn day full with maple colours in pockets all over our tree-filled city. I held my god-daughter (my first babe as doula) this weekend for the first time in 6 months. My 10 year old daughter is still talking about attending the ceremony with 40,000 other kids where Nelson Mandela received the Order of Canada. My 6 year old son thinks Grade One is "300 times better" than kindergarten. It is a good day. Bless us all. Julie Busch Riverdale Cohousing Group
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