Joe Montibello, MLIS
Library Systems Manager
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> On Nov 4, 2014, at 11:18 AM, Kyle Banerjee <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 7:34 AM, Schulkins, Joe <
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>> To be honest I absolutely hate the whole reputation and badge system for
>> exactly the reasons you outline, but I can't deny that I do find the family
>> of Stack Exchange sites extremely useful and by comparison Listservs just
>> seem very archaic to me as it's all too easy for a question (and/or its
>> answer) to drop through the cracks of a popular discussion. Are Listservs
>> really the best way to deal with help? I would even prefer a Drupal site...
> The advantage of a list that gets pushed out to everyone is that it is an
> ongoing conversation that helps the community keep connected and grow. Even
> if technical assistance is a part of that conversation, I see that as a
> secondary benefit.
> That basic questions get repeated and that questions/answers sometimes get
> off track is not a problem. Quite the opposite, this format draws more
> people into the conversation and makes it easier for them to connect with
> others, contribute, and be inspired to do more.