From Dag Forssell (20220928_15:00 PDT)
I have been committed to PCT since 1989, and in my role as Archivist am proud to say that through my efforts from the beginning of the PCT discussion group (CSGnet, now Discourse), a complete record of all teachings, discussions, and yes, fights is available for students and researchers to peruse for decades and, I think, centuries to come.
The attached PDF file contains primarily my email conversation with Bill Powers over a period of years. This began as a private exchange between us, and then as you will see Bill chose to share these threads with others who are mentioned in it. These threads are not pretty, but I believe this part of our history is important and needs to be shared. This discussion of a difficult period, by participants in it, struggling to reach a common understanding, sheds some light on the dynamics of CSGnet discussions more generally.
Many years have passed, and our present Discourse platform is less vulnerable than email, but some underlying issues persist, and unavoidably so. As the expression goes, we are all human. I hope that a look back at difficulties that can befall even the best of us might provide some support and guidance in our collective control of professional, courteous communications.
These email exchanges are in three threads:
- Bill & Dag discussing CSGnet, 2005 pages 2-42
- Bill and Tom Bourbon pages 43-56
- Decency Check, 2009 pages 57-68
At the end is a very relevant email that Clark McPhail sent privately to me.
My heart still aches as I review these threads. I will let them speak for themselves.
The email is archived from Eudora, an ancient but well loved program. In place of the convention of indented text, I have inserted initials to identify who wrote what.
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Best to all, Dag
DiscourseDysfunction.pdf (279.4 KB)