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Re: small town boards

Posted by Dr. Bob on February 10, 2004, at 0:58:10

In reply to Re: small town boards Dr. Bob, posted by jane d on February 9, 2004, at 22:05:32

> It's not a vision of Babble that I like. A bunch of gated private communities.
>
> Dinah

What's wrong with gated private communities? If everyone can join one if they want? People will only want to belong to clubs that won't have them as members?

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> everyone except for the first class has taken their turn reading posts about how great things were back in the old days and realized that the old days meant pre-them. :)

Well, that's taking it kind of personally... :-)

> I find I'm still a bit uncomfortable with this version. I think the reason is that public boards are not small town by definition.

Sorry, how do you mean, not small town by definition?

> > Some people seem to feel it would be elitist to join a small town board. But someone could do that and still visit the big city boards. And if they didn't feel comfortable in the big city, wouldn't it be nice for them to have an alternative? If they felt supported on a small board, they might even be more likely to try a large one...
>
> Put like that it sounds good

Great, so I can count on your vote? :-)

> I think it's easy to forget how confusing this place already can be for a newcomer ... For example, this makes perfect sense to me http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/nyct/maps/submap.htm
> but I bet it looks like gibberish to most people here.

Exactly, this is like a big city now!

> The one [unofficial group] I am most familiar with evolved from the chat room in Open and everyone was welcomed there. Over time some friendships developed there that went beyond the chat room but that chat room stayed open and welcoming.

Exactly, a friendship could develop on a large board and then move beyond it to a smaller board. While the large board stayed open and welcoming.

> I wasn't that comfortable mentioning the unofficial groups in the first place and only did it because it's an option available to everyone

The unofficial groups are available to everyone?

> > Also, I wouldn't see it as so exclusionary to let others listen in on what's being discussed...
>
> Isn't the point to have people participate though?
>
> jane d

Right, that's what the people being observed would be doing...

Bob


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