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From: Peggy Woolsey (eoolspeg_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Oct 09 2008 - 15:09:30 PDT

Thanks Ann for this contribution.
I might add another possible cause of list serve decline, at least
for some: a US centered focus. Of course an American focus makes
sense since most of the list servers are Americans, but sometimes I
don't think we all take into account the international nature of this
list. I sometimes wonder if my input often goes unacknowledged
because I am reading and thinking differently, in my case, Canadian,
or if it is just me and what I have to say. We do a good deal of
bantering around ideas, even challenges here, but that kind of
discussion seems to be offensive to some. This is a hard thing to
gauge. I have learned so much from this list and my hard drive is
full of ideas from many years of participation.
On 9-Oct-08, at 11:25 AM, Ann Heineman wrote:

> Hello KJ,
> I have been a member of the list for over ten years and I have
> noticed the same decrease in activity that you mention. Here are my
> thoughts on its causes:
> 1. Technology glitches in the list serve program, i.e. periods of
> long term "down time," problems with sign-up access, access to the
> archives, threats that Getty would be shutting down the program,
> etc. In the wake of these many problems, many members over the
> years have left to join another list. We have lost many wonderful
> and valuable educators and friends of art.
> 2. Extreme nastiness in the form of put-downs shown by some members
> to individuals, both written publicly on the list and/or to the
> member's personal e-mail. As a recipient of one of these "blasts,"
> I can attest to the sting of rejection and humiliation they create.
> 3. Lack of list etiquette--those on digest format have written
> extensively on this topic recently. There have been other instances
> over the years where members don't understand or want to follow the
> rules of communicating on a list.
> 4. Unbalance of the "takers" and the "givers." The "takers" are
> winning. When the "givers" contribute, little acknowledgment or
> appreciation is given.
> 5. Simple demographics: there are members of the list from early
> times who have dropped out due to health issues, retirement, moves
> to new careers. New educators from a younger generation are not
> joining.
> 6. Our national economy is not strong and education is one of the
> many casualties. The visual arts take the hit first.
> I thank the many members who continue to make this list a unique
> family for art educators and have stayed throughout all the
> upheavals over the years!
> Ann-on-y-mouse in Columbus
> Art teacher, K-5, retired 6 years
> On Oct 9, 2008, at 3:55 AM, K J wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I am an Australian student studying online communities and I was
>> wondering if I could get some help from the members of this
>> community.
>> Posts peaked at over 1600 a month in year 2000 and have since then
>> dwindled to less than 200 per month, the lowest since creation.
>> Why is
>> this? Is it the listserv format? Or other reasons?
>> Are there any other problems (technical, social, pedagogical etc)
>> with
>> being a member of this community?
>> What do you perceive as being the greatest benefit to being a member?
>> thank you for taking the time to respond. If you would like to reply
>> privately, I have set up an email account for this purpose:
>> regards
>> KJ
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