Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.
It's about editing
Author: Dave Winer Posted: 9/12/2000; 7:33:10 AM Topic: Discuss by email? Msg #: 21229 (In response to 21228) Prev/Next: 21228 / 21230
Please explain 'why you don't want emails out of this DG'
Thanks for asking.
It's pretty simple.
When I post a message here I almost always edit it.
When I write a message I sometimes make spelling errors, or use a harsh word when a softer one would be more effective.
A "bot" that's monitoring changes here might catch an unedited message and broadcast it.
That would change the way I write here. I like the way it's going, and I don't want to add a feature that could change that.
Further, people have been posting my comments here on other mail lists. I find that offensive. The comments lack context. What I write on this DG is not for posting elsewhere.
Having a bot sampling would inevitably mean some unedited words of mine will end up given far more importance than they're due.
I have a scale of editing. DaveNets are the most heavily edited, and are the most on-the-record writing I do. (Actually DaveNets that are destined for print are the most on-the-record writing that I do.)
Scripting News is the next level up, but only at 10PM. Up until then I edit and change and rewrite and delete, frequently. I don't think it's fair to cite Scripting News until 10PM, but most people don't know that, so I edit more carefully there.
Here, I try not to edit too much. I will say things here that are not edited at all. But most of the time I do edit.
So anyway, that's a long-winded answer. The simple answer is that I like the way this DG is going, and I don't want it to change.
There are responses to this message:
- Re: It's about editing, Ken MacLeod, 9/12/2000; 8:08:22 AM
- Re: It's about editing, Jim Correia, 9/12/2000; 8:26:47 AM
- Re: It's about editing, Bradley Peters, 9/12/2000; 9:32:58 AM
- I'm sure I could make an analogy with Free Software, jemisa, 9/12/2000; 10:02:50 AM
- Editing? It's about accountability!, Kelly Thomas, 9/12/2000; 12:04:40 PM
- Re: It's about editing, Ben Duguid, 9/21/2000; 9:17:32 AM
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