Ranking.. Even here.. LO17301

Richard Karash (rkarash@karash.com)
Thu, 5 Mar 1998 16:13:50 -0500

Replying to LO17287 --

At 11:15 AM -0500 3/4/98, Dr. Steve Eskow wrote:
>Is Rick Karash our leader here?

I picked "host" after considering alternatives. No, I do not see myself as
"our leader here."

>..If so, are there people in this discussion
>who believe that our group and our discussions would be improved if his
>role and powers were ended? (He has used his power to prevent one of my
>messages from being published: should he have this power?)

I am happy to hear feedback about this or anything else from participants
at any time. You may write me directly (address at bottom) or, if you feel
appropriate, write to the list address.

For specifics on my policies in hosting LO, please see the monthly info
msgs I send to the list. They are captioned "For Readers..." and "For

>Anyone can post here, regardless of the quality of his or her messages.
>Would the quality of the discussion here be improved if we were ranked: by
>Rick, or a committee?

This is an interesting question. For a variety of reasons, I do not
attempt to screen proposed msgs for quality (I do screen for relevance to
org learning and for tone).

What would this dialogue be like if the moderator were judging quality and
distributing only the high quality msgs? There are numerous examples where
this occurs (letters to the editor of the Times, for example, the Scout
report, and the very interesting newsgroup comp.risks).

Or, a related idea, suppose that on the web site readers could vote on the
quality and relevance of each message. Give each posting a 1-10 rating...
- Authors could get quant feedback.
- And, later readers, if they wished, could select what to read based on
quality ratings.
- Or, for each msg, the average quality scores of that author's past msgs
could be displayed as a guide.
- Or (...back to ranking) we could post the sorted list of authors'
quality ratings.

This is all quite practical, just a little recreation programming
required... would it be valuable?

-- Rick


Scout report: http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/scout/report/bus-econ/index.html
Newsgroup: comp.risks
New York Times on the Web: http://www.nytimes.com


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