[From Rick Marken (2000.09.04.2120)]
Bruce Gregory (2000.0902.1714)
It's too bad we can't find a graduate student in sociology
to analyze the CSGnet archives. I'd like to suggest a few
questions that such a study might address.
I'll take a crack at it.
Why do so few people post to CSGnet?
How many is "few"? I looked at a couple of the archive files from
last month (August) and found posts from the following:
That's 16 posters. If I had looked over the last couple of
months I could have probably added a few more.
Is 16 "few"? It seems like a pretty goodly number to me. How
many posters do you think there should be?
Are newcomers welcomed?
Yes. I believe someone always says "welcome" to a newcomer. But
I'll have to check the data; my estimate is based on memory.
Are new ideas welcomed?
I don't understand the question. New ideas are "welcomed" in the
sense that their publication on CSGNet is not censored and the
ideas are usually discussed. They are not "welcomed" in the
sense of being accepted uncritically.
Are applications of the fundamental model welcomed?
Again, I don't understand the question. Descriptions of applications
of PCT are certainly welcomed in the sense that they are not
censored and they are usually discussed. But, again, they are not
welcomed in the sense of being accepted uncritically.
Are there insiders and outsiders?
I think that can appear to be true. I hope there aren't people
who feel like they have some special "insider" social status.
But I'm afraid there may be people who feel like "outsiders".
People who are working to test and extend PCT would probably
appear to be "insiders"; I doubt that they feel that way, though.
People who make authoritative statements about PCT that are
challenged by those perceived as "insiders" probably feel like
"outsiders". That's unfortunate.
Are those who question assumptions encouraged or treated as
They are _encouraged_ to question assumptions by doing research
to test those assumptions or by building models to show the
questionable behavioral implications of those assumptions.
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