Well, I’m no shrinking violet, and I’ve been around the block, but I remember distinctly being verbally attacked for a remark I made soon after joining this august list by one of the senior members. And after defending myself, that person backed down but never apologized.
That being said, I have found this group to be exceedingly well behaved and to offer incredible amounts of information both to the professional as well as the just curious (as I am.)
I’m only bringing this up because there is bad behavior in any venue. Email venues, in general suffer from people who may not understand the email etiquette necessary because there is no facial underpinning the written response. But I have found that in general the behavior is far worse on social media than on email lists such as this.
I don’t join social media groups because of security issues, plain and simple. ARSC having a facebook presence doesn’t affect me because I put my account on permanent hiatus and will not reply in any venue that requires me to identify myself by a facebook account ID.
> On Sep 16, 2018, at 9:23 AM, Dennis Rooney <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> In reply to John Schroth's recent post re the
> to-FaceBook-or-not-to-FaceBook question:
> What tender blossoms some of his respondents must be. The ARSC listserv is
> a community of adults which shares a number of common interests. Why
> wouldn't the questions or comments of a younger person or one "from a
> different demographic" be greeted by anything other than courtesy? Yes,
> some extraordinarily naïve questions have been received on the list, but I
> have not noted hostility to that naïveté but rather a desire to answer
> helpfully. Younger people should always be welcomed but not by a diminution
> in the quality of our communication. I personally do not approve of
> anything that dilutes the community. Therefore, I do not welcome the
> Facebook suggestion.
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