23020RE: [hobbicast] Group Statistics (and a call for focus?)
- Nov 1, 2002Anyone counting the number of OT posts on OT posts, from people who
don't like OT posts<g>?
From: Michael Taylor [mailto:mtaylor@...]
Sent: Thursday, October 31, 2002 11:29 PM
Subject: [hobbicast] Group Statistics (and a call for focus?)
I respect everyone on this group. I agree that communication is good.
This message is directed to the group as a whole rather than a specific
individual. My challenge is for the group to (re)define itself in such
a way that it can remain cohesive and functional.
I feel that we should look at some statistics to put things into
I joined only 14 days ago - the oldest post I have is only 10/15/2002.
I've found a LOT of interesting information buried within the posts.
I have logged the following statistics:
Total Days: 14
Total Messages: 1,050
Total Posts with "OT" in subject: 193 (18.38%)
Total Members: 1,553
If every hobbicast member was uninterested in OT posts then
conservatively speaking we have generated about a quarter million
unwanted emails (299,729).
Being generous, let's say that only half the people here are really
offended by this. We have still generated 150,000 pieces of offensive
or unwanted mail.
I would pose the question: How much unwanted mail is too much to bear?
What is the common focus of this group?
Personally I think that the focus that brings this group together is a
common set of values and interests. Slightly OT posts that are related
to metalworking tend to be overlooked somewhat. There is certainly a
gray area of overlapping interests within the membership of a group this
size. Recent posts have clearly gone beyond the limits in such a way as
to upset some longstanding members, and the debate is disappointing to
new members (such as myself) since bickering detracts from the value of
I would like to ask the question:
At a cost of the solidarity and integrity of this group (a valuable
resource) - is it really worth fighting to be able to post off-topic
subjects HERE - especially in light of the breakout forums setup for
such side-conversation involving a smaller interest group?
Can anyone say that the OT posts were worth losing helpful and
knowledgeable members such as Fred?
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