Re: [NTLK] Fighting Complacency within the Newton Community

From: Dan Lingman <>
Date: Sun Jul 30 2006 - 21:14:12 EDT

This is the Newton talk group. NetNazi's are a few doors to your left.

Just love the AOL spam that he sent after this.


If you're not happy with the group, feel free to make your own, and kick
people from it at your whim. We don't need that type of rubbish here -
there are few enough of us as it is, without actively trying to chase people

However, if it were my group, I think I'd make an exception for Matt K.

Dan Lingman
Digital Matrix

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Subject: [NTLK] Fighting Complacency within the Newton Community

Many data exchanging communities require that every participant at some
provide some direct contribution by uploading and transmitting data from
their computer to other members of the community. This sharing/participation

requirement is a key factor in helping to keep the whole system going. In
exchanging communities such as bit-torrent, etc, members are penalized for
lack of participation up to a certain minimum standard.

I propose that the Newton Community adopt a similar requirement. Users would

be required to offer up information publicly, based upon their own Newton
experimentation and usage. If a member sought answers on at
point in time, they should also have responded in some helpful, meaningful
to some other member's posted question at some point as well.

The bottom line would be this: you should NOT be permitted to just lurk in
the background without ever offering anything constructive or productive to
Community. This is just leeching, and it does not strengthen our Community.
Nor should users of be allowed to consistently ask advice and

questions without at some point responding in kind to offer their helpful
and observations to another member of the Community.

We would need some kind of baseline, such as requiring every
member to respond in a constructive manner a minimum of 3-6 times in a
90-day period. If members did not contribute something approaching this
requirement, their account could be frozen until they provided an
(to a designated peer review board) as to why they had not contributed.

There are a lot of very intelligent people who regularly visit Newtontalk:
people with Master's degrees, PhD's, advanced business and technical
creative talents, and so forth. Yet, I would venture to guess that 99% of
these talented individuals seldom if ever contribute something back. I don't
this is a lot to ask. By sharing our knowledge and experience, by creating
new content, and by continually trying to advance the Newton platform, we
a strong and supportive community. We all benefit from this.

Matt K.
Detroit, Michigan, USA

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