|Sent on:||Wednesday, February 27, 2013 8:32 AM|
Wow! What an active on-line week for DT. I often do not get involved in the on-line discussions, but I did recently. And I would like to give a little background. Lucina and Amber (who are both event organizers) noticed a discussion that seemed to be headed in an unfriendly direction. The three of us tried to steer the conversation back to our usual, respectful dialog, but Raven did not want to play nice. So I decided to send Raven a message and copy everyone. Ellery and Chris Coffee wondered why I did it that way. Here's why: We have new people joining DT all the time. We also have people who have joined and not yet attended a meetup yet. For these people, what they see on-line is all they know about us. And I don't want their impression of us to be that of a rude, in-your-face, unpleasant group. So it seems to me that we can't let that kind of thing continue unchallenged if we want new people to have a positive impression of us. That's why I sent the email that I did. And Raven's response made it clear that she (or he?) was unwilling to be respectful. Therefore, my decision to cancel her membership was not a difficult one.
I know that some of you (Ellery and Chris Coffee for example) would like to see more aggressive and in-your-face debating in DT. But I don't think that's the kind of group most of our regulars want, and it's certainly not the kind of group that I want. We should all be able to find ways to express ourselves and even disagree with each other in respectful ways. I'm quite sure Charles Darwin would agree.
Anyway, enough of that. I'm looking forward to having a beer with you all tomorrow night.
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