This conversation has gone off rails in a silly direction, which is appropriate I guess, since the original convo at the other place went off the rails in an unnecessarily confrontational manner. I’m leaving my original OP below, for historical purposes.
Who: several happy mutants, myself included
What: A discussion within a general topic on community
Where: the other place
When: Over the last week and a half
Why: The purpose of the topic began originally to explore the difference between the desires of members of the community and management, what with the banishments and departures. Links to two videos were posted in quick succession. Before I could finish watching both, a respected member of management restricted the conversation to “general community building.”
I gave both videos’ content review and thought before posting questions intended to explore the idea of how software could support building community that could address even thorny problems in a more cooperative, collegiate environment, much like the meat-space environment of, well, college/university.
In the ensuing posts, my questions were ignored in favor of knocking over strawmen, the idea of cooperation in a collegiate environment was conflated with opinion and science denial, and a recent study’s conclusion was misrepresented. Hooray!
I made one more attempt to drag the discussion back to my original thesis of whether it may be possible to design helpfulness and cooperation into a forum designed to provide good answers to technical - or dare I hope, hard - questions, in a manner more like a collegiate environment or math conference.
Based on the response, I gave up. Why keep throwing the minutes - the very stuff of my life - away?
I still believe that we can have truly social social media, but not if we keep settling for less.