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Andrea J. Horbinski ([personal profile] ahorbinski) wrote in [personal profile] ira_gladkova 2012-08-07 08:56 pm (UTC)

And if the bar for having your comments be wanted is higher than "from [your] point of view, constructive," then I'm really frustrated.

To me, the email from the TW Chairs makes clear that comments are wanted, period, but that they shouldn't be framed as personal attacks. If, as you and [personal profile] erinptah seem to be implying, the initial email thread was the norm for discussion on the mailing list, then I can see the Chairs' email being understood as a rebuke. Again, though, it seems like your questions are best directed at the TW Chairs.

As much as I don't think places like the anon meme are or should be verboten to OTW staffers and volunteers, this entire discussion also seems to me like a symptom of a larger structural problem, which is that people are quite quick to take their reactions to staff communications external rather than to try to address them internally. I've done this myself in the past, but it's a destructive pattern in the long term.

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