Thanks for the interesting posts, Kym, and for getting discussion on the
list going again. In response to the general point about the quietness of
the list, I think there are several things operating. One is that in
general e-lists are less active than they once were. The overall trend is
towards less frequency in posting. Compare the traffic on Xtalk, for
example, and note how there are in general fewer posts every month than
there used to be. To some extent, I think this is due to the new kid on the
block, which is blogging. Those with blogs will be more inclined to post
their thoughts there than they will on an email list. It's also a question
of personnel. I used to post on Synoptic-L regularly, for example, and this
was in large part because I was working intensively on the Synoptic Problem
at that time. I still work on the Synoptic Problem but at the moment it is
not my main research interest and I am currently working on other things.
Again, there will be others in the same situation.
I think that it is also important to observe that some posts that are more
likely to stimulate discussion than others. In general, if you look back
over the history of this and other lists, the posts that generate most
discussion, the most successful thread starters, are those that are short,
pithy, and home in on an interesting phenomenon, a useful piece of data, an
observation, a critical thought, and so on. On the whole, people don't have
the time to respond to essay-posts, and they are regularly the least
successful thread starters.
They are just my reflections on the relative quietness of the list, but
others will have different thoughts.
With best wishes
Mark Goodacre Goodacre@...
Department of Religion
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Durham, NC 27708-0964 USA
Phone: 919-660-3503 Fax: 919-660-3530
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