19.012 anatomy of threads

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 10 May 2005 07:00:05 +0100

                Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 19, No. 12.
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         Date: Tue, 10 May 2005 06:40:02 +0100
         From: Adrian Miles <adrian.miles_at_rmit.edu.au>
         Subject: Re: 18.765 an anatomy of threads?

around the 4/5/05 "Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty
mentioned about 18.765 an anatomy of threads? that:
>Mailing-lists of any type (academic, technical, "popular"...) really seem
>to follow interesting patterns. Threads constitute a collaborative form of
>writing, usually follow a non-narrative structure, are defined by
>collaboration, and may easily be studied online. There could be (and have
>probably been) interesting studies of these forms of writing. For instance,
>when does a message become "OT?" There could be an interesting use of
>performance theory here. How do specific members of the list influence the
>usual style of writing? Notions of semantic associations and formality
>might be relevant. Even distinctions between public and private lists would
>be interesting as people seem to adopt different writing strategies in each
>Again, sorry for the naive question.

not an answer, but if you haven't already make sure you also ask this
question on the AoIR email list.

Adrian Miles
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