Posted by so on May 18, 2005, at 4:19:36
In reply to Re: administrating and joining in, posted by Dr. Bob on April 30, 2005, at 13:51:17
> Any thoughts on what the differences might be for the administrator?
Clear, codified rules of behavior and fewer smiley face icons could mark the difference between a professionally disengaged administrator and a personally involved Internet enthusiast.
Group picnics would seem a step toward direct personal involvement by an administrator. The difference for a less personally involved administrator would be less personal satisfaction derived from in-person gratitude offered by people who will always be in a subordinate position by nature of the relationship.
Codified rules that could be understood and administered by other competent professionals would be a step toward strictly administrative involvement. The difference for an adminstrator could be recognition that a poor environment on-line might result from an administrative failure to articulate rules, instead of a result of "uncivil" people whose uncivil behavior a trained professional failed to anticipate until he observed it for the first time in a forum he administers.