1A new beginning
- Feb 14 11:14 PMKudos to Jeffrey Gibson for seizing the initiative in creating the second incarnation of the
ANE List - "redivivus", even before its official demise!
So dismayed was I at the decision relayed from the Oriental Institute to end hosting of the
ANE List, to which I have been contributing since 1994 (!), that I yesterday toyed with the
idea of doing something similar. Instead, I was both encouraged and relieved to witness
Jeffrey step in to the breach. (The hosting and current redesign of my own web site
[ http://www.ancientneareast.net ], several other online projects and the imminent
completion of my doctoral dissertation all competed to discourage my "rushing in where
angels fear to tread"!)
A few observations from a long-time contributor then: Jeffrey's demand that joint
moderation now become the norm seems eminently sensible. A list rises or falls according
to the quality of its moderation, that much seems clear from recent events.
I note further that the the Protocols of the previous ANE List have been transferred to the
new... Might I suggest that some measure of sensible debate now ensue as to changes (if
any!) that list members might wish to see as regards the Protocol? My own chief
suggestion would be a simple demand that list members maintain their profiles carefully,
and that they identify their interests, experience and affiliations briefly, both in their
profile and/or in a post signature. This, I believe, would provide prime context for each
post, enquiry and response on a fundamental basis, enhancing each members'
understanding and appreciation of each other and contributions made.
Again, thanks to Jeffrey.... I look forward to continuing discussion on the new list, both
with former members of ANE and with those new members that this fresh beginning must
Paul James Cowie
BA Hons (Sydney) GradDipEd MA (Macquarie) PhD in candidato
London, England and Sydney, Australia
Area Supervisor, Tel Rehov Excavations, Israel
PhD Candidate, Department of Ancient History and Archaeology, Macquarie
University, Sydney, Australia
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