RE: Email for cohousing
From: brian (
Date: Tue, 5 Oct 1999 14:11:04 -0600 (MDT)
Dear Liz,

I concur and think it would be a great policy.  We are going through a 
rather heated time right now and I truly believe email has added to the 
problems, not helped solve them  Email is an incredibly poor way to solve 
problems or build community.  I find it ironic that we joined cohousing to 
get to know each other and then we fire off notes from electronic boxes in 
our bedrooms while the reciever sits in their bedroom just 50 ft. away.

Communication is 85 percent non verbal.  I think it should be banned within 


-----Original Message-----
From:   Bitner/Stevenson [SMTP:lilbert [at]]
Sent:   Tuesday, October 05, 1999 12:42 PM
To:     Multiple recipients of list
Subject:        Email for cohousing

Our group has communicated with each other alot via email. There have been
some misunderstandings and hurt feelings when the issues got hot and heavy.
I have advocated for a ban on discussing community issues online, because 
the inherent difficulty in interpreting subtle points, humor, and anger. 
other problem is that those without email are left out of the loop.

What have other built communities done about an email policy? I feel the
need to bring this up at a general meeting soon, and would like input.
Liz Stevenson
Southside Park Cohousing
Sacramento, California

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