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Re: Operationalizing heated up Dr. Bob

Posted by medlib on September 16, 2002, at 4:57:29

In reply to Re: Safety and Civility, posted by Dr. Bob on September 15, 2002, at 15:15:43

Dr. Bob and Shar--

Great idea, Shar! How about using traffic (thread) signals? If it's feasible, a thread warning system which gives the administrator and/or monitor an option to change all the bullets on a thread to bigger yellow ones (for caution), and a second option to change the yellow bullets to red (for GTYR--or CINOYB, cool it now or you'll be blocked) would have several advantages.
--It's nonverbal (fewer hurt feelings).
--It flags the whole thread, not individual(s).
--It employs widely recognized symbols that most posters won't have trouble understanding or remembering.
--Once activated, it should continue to flag each new post until the next new thread.
--It wouldn't affect individual PBCs or blocks.

Uncertainties that occur to me:
--Would it roll over okay?
--If different bullets are still .gifs, how would you handle the "no images" alternative? Or for the color blind?

Word has about 60 different bullets, but I don't know what's possible with your font/code. My html writing days ended before Java, so I'm whistling in the dark here. In English it would sound something like "begin yellow bullet here; stop when indent is turned off." I just think it's too neat an idea not to implement some way or other.

Hope something's possible---medlib

P.S. I *love* MarkH's notion of PBK. "Kind" seems so much more evocative and gentle a word than "civil." Who knows? It might even prevent a few PBC arguments, and wouldn't that be a relief?




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