[meteorite-list] Maybe NOT time to move on ...
From: VeIocity_at_aol.com <VeIocity_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Mon Oct 4 14:59:27 2004
I'm still fairly new here, although my IMCA membership is coming through shortly, and I just wanted to make an observation on the debates (fistfights) that I've seen so far on the Meteorite list... This is lightweight.
Compared to some of the other lists to which I have subscribed, the Metlist is decidedly tame---unlike the various tech-lists out there, wherein cruelty and abuse are a way of life, and death threats are commonplace. Who would have ever thought that people could come to blows over circuit boards, ribbon connectors and overclocking kits?
I don't pretend to fully understand the passion or the politics, but I accept the fact that humans are an aggressive species, and they actually enjoy snarling and snapping at one another on a regular basis. And we'll always be that way, hopefully---it's our aggression that makes us the most adaptable and intelligent species in the history of this planet.
Anyway, I'm really more impressed with the patience, cooperation and good-natured ribbing that I've seen exhibited on the Metlist than I am with the occasional tiffs and snide remarks. Frankly, I don't think there's enough heat in here to drive anyone out of the kitchen---but there will always be a handful of thin-skinned whiners to bemoan the slightest failings of any given forum.
I'm not one of them, and I'll try to keep my malcontent interjections to a minimum. }=]
In a message dated 10/4/2004 2:15:11 PM Eastern Daylight Time, bernd.pauli_at_paulinet.de writes:
>These are the words of a list member who tried his best to
>make me come back to the List after half a year's abstinence
>(not quite because I was watching the archives regularly), and
>they made and still make sense - an excerpt from this mail:
>"... because the less good people there are the less interesting
>topics become in general. The "network effect". What good is having
>a telephone if you are the only one ... So please come back to the list
>and help keep the topics interesting. You're not alone and the losers
>from your departure are only people like us (the people that aren't
>barbaric flamers), and we need to maintain critical mass, ..."
>Unfortunately the very same list member himself left this list when more
>flaming, more bickering more "bitchfests" occurred (or had I better say
>Anyway, he is back, I am back, and as for you, Dave, maybe it is really
>NOT time to move on ... just ignore future hate mails and choose to enjoy
>your meteorites and interesting list posts instead.
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Received on Mon 04 Oct 2004 02:58:30 PM PDT