[Homeroast] rediscovered list
Barbara C. Greenspon
lilysownahmah at greensponassociates.com
Tue May 2 09:16:40 CDT 2017
This is such a cool note. This list, though pretty dormant (until now) has meant so much to so many of us. Another thank you to Jim for helping us into this burst of list activity!
> On May 2, 2017, at 9:09 AM, Karl <karlklug at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, May 1, 2017 at 3:28 PM, Tom Ulmer wrote:
>> If it isn't the Ig Nobel prize-winning pecanjim, cheers to you!
> Welcome back, Jim! I had just joined the list in 2007, in time to see
> this post, which so impressed me that I archived it:
> Re: Tradtion roots
> "I got the idea from research in Anthropology that showed systems of
> institutionalized gift giving between roles that often have conflict.
> For example the first gift a new Hopi bride gives is a very generous
> one to the mother of her new husband. Since this list, like most
> other email lists, often erupted into flame wars, I thought I would
> attempt to institute an ongoing gift exchange ritual to try to produce
> a better climate. A few years later I assigned a content analysis
> research project to students in two of my research methods courses.
> Each student randomly selected fifty messages before and fifty
> messages after the tradition from the list archive. They then
> classified their randomly selected messages as flame or not flame and
> we tabulated the results in class. I don't remember the exact numbers
> but both sets of results were about the same and the conclusion was
> that the tradition reduced flaming to less than half the pre-tradition
> Still roasting with a heat gun, 10 years later!
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