Re: Use of email (Jasen Robillard)
From: Moz (
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:50:21 -0800 (PST)
On Wed, February 12, 2014 11:04 am, Ann Zabaldo wrote:
> After reading this thread I realized I actually, don?t have ANY objection
> to issues being discussed on email.  The concern I have is the ease w/
> which people morph into flaming.

I think the point that's been made is that flaming is not necessarily
worse than the in-person alternative of people simply shutting down and
walking away. Neither is likely to resolve the conflict. I get that some
people like shouting at others face to face, just as others like to craft
cutting emails. But to me, wanting one over the other is simply personal
preference. I haven't seen a factual argument on this yet.

IME this has been a real tension in many groups, as people move along a
spectrum from extreme introverts who will not attend meetings of more than
2-3 people, through to extreme extroverts who use email primarily to
organise face to face events (and people uncomfortable with technology who
print their email or just don't have email at all). It's obviously easier
to get things working as you exclude more parts of that spectrum from the
group, but again, in my experience many people are offended when I observe
that "it's easier without them" because they like to think of themselves
as inclusive.


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