Re: [SCA-JML] Removing the Welcome Mat
- Barbara Nostrand wrote:
> Noble Cousins!All the more reason to NOT try casting our nets too far afield. We'll have
> Naming a proposed web site and establishing a theme for it does not
> compel you to initially cover everything imaginable relating to that
> theme. The fact is that the site will never be a comprehensive Japanese
> site even if you "focus" it on Japan.
enough trouble doing ONE thing right and well. I'd much rather have the
reputation of having a good site for people interested in X, than being
"one more stop you should look at if you want material on XYandZ."
Basically, I'm enough of a dilettante *already* in Japanese areas (although
I can point to four or five things I've done really extensive work on) to
know I *don't* want a rep as a dilettante. I want to be recognized as a
specialist. Yes, we have to recognize the wider sphere of Japan-related
Asian matters, but ultimately we have to focus, I think, *on Japan*. Think
of it this way: every doctor has to take gross anatomy and biology, but if
you want information on the heart you go to a cardiologist, not a GP. And
that's my philosophy here. I envision a site that's a Japanese specialist,
not an Asian GP.
> The real question is whether orNonsense. If you're looking at a site on France, do you slight it for not
> not it is welcoming to information about stuff concerning other Asiatic
> cultures or not.
having information on Imperial Rome? There was a connection between Gaul
and Rome, but once those issues are addressed, that's it. There's no reason
for a French history/culture site to discuss the Coliseum, Roman theology,
the sociopolitical makeup of the Senate, etc. Make sense?
> Calling the top level of the site a Japanese site andYou think it's "unwelcoming"? I'm sorry, that's obviously a perception
> then worrying about "scope", "focus" and implicitly "resources" is
> simply being unwelcoming to stuff which is not explicitly Japanese
> regardless of whether or not it would be useful for Japanese recreation.
issue. I look at it as "focussed."
Do you consider a dinner party of computer programmers "unwelcoming"
because they don't invite doctors and lawyers and architects?
>Give me a break! That *would* fit here, as there's a specific Japanese
> So essentially, you are saying to the potential contributor of stuff
> not explicitly Japanese, "Go away! We don't want you! Go get your own
> site!" Thank you! You have told me that my work on the relationship
> between semiotic elements in Indian Dance and Japanese dance is not
> welcome here.
connection. Can't you see the difference? You're talking about two
different things -- general Asia, and aspects of Asia influencing Japan.
Links on historic esoteric Buddhism *would* be appropriate, but links about
India's Mahabharata *wouldn't* be.
You're a maths prof, no? Think in terms of subsets. Where there's an
intersection, there's Japanese interest. WHere there's no intersection, it
> Nor does my work on Asiatic medicine appear to beYou're taking this far too personally, Solveig.
> particularly welcome. It's bad enough when an autocrat who recreates
> Scandinavia in Stonemarche tells me that Japanese topics are not welcome
> at a scholae that she is running, but it really hurts to be told that
> Asiatic stuff that I might dig up is unwelcome at the proposed web site.
You also surely understand the concept of what is appropriate material for
a given market. I wouldn't teach a course on onomastics at a costume
symposium, I wouldn't write a historical fiction for an SF magazine, and so
on. Look, it seems like the consensus here is a Japanese list. What you do
that bears on Japan is fine. NO ONE is telling you you can't do it, or put
it somewhere it's appropriate.