Re: META: List Focus

From: Miriam English (
Date: Sat Oct 06 2001 - 20:24:51 MDT

At 07:06 AM 07/10/2001, Spike Jones wrote:
>As one of the worst offenders, I hear ya loud and clear Anders. I propose
>a one week moratorium on all discussions of politics with a suggested
>temporary voluntary moratorium on cutting up and wisecracks.

Nooooo Spike. Don't refrain from your wisecracks. They are one of the few
things on this list that lighten it.

>Whereas politics can have an extropian focus, our discussions are often
>repetitive and unproductive, perhaps no better than other lists in many ways.

I agree with what you said about political discussions though. I shall
refrain being tempted into such exchanges unless there is a clear extropian
point to be made. (Heck, political discussions generally seem to come to
nothing anyway.)

My own thoughts on enhancing the signal to noise ratio on this list is to
simply have alert people here who post such messages from time to time. We
should be our own best regulators.

While I am here, I should make a note about my posting of the link to the
Romeo & Juliet piece. Many will have thought it was just a bit of humor,
but I had an additional reason for posting it, which I should really have
made clear. Here are the words of Frank Crowell:

>An offspring of virtual worlds is the multiuser games now commonly
>characterized by such games as Everquest, Ultima Online and others. One
>of the things that has been evolving is its own lanuage that I first
>noticed in the early to mid 90s on the muds, but has now evolved into its
>own artform-- especially in the PVP (player vs player worlds). It's a
>jargon mixed from early muds, first person shooters, and just plain dumb.
> uses state-of-the-art
>technology to give you a feeling of what this new 21st virtual world
>mindset is like.


         - Miriam

To the optimist, the glass is half full.
To the pessimist, the glass is half empty.
To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.
Virtual Reality Association

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