Which things might require a change in policy?
Markos wrote:Which things might require a change in policy?
We could have a section where theology and other topics which have hitherto been considered out of bounds would be allowed. People who are uninterested or offended could just stay out of this section. If a thread got closed, people resume it there.
I actually think the fact that we have not allowed this has been key to the success of B-Greek.
There are lots of places to discuss theology and such. And that kind of discussion tends to overwhelm real discussion of Greek.
Perhaps we can suggest a few sites where B-Greek discussions gone-theological can go to discuss things from a theological perspective? I don't know where that would be, but I'm sure there are a few sites which would qualify.
I’m the list owner for B-Greek, and I’ve been reading this with interest. And several of the leaders of the list have been participating here, I agree with what they have been saying.
We’re considering moving to a more modern format. I agree that listservs are an old technology, and that there are better choices today, including forum software. I’m fairly active on some phpBB forums and vBulletin forums, and I like that approach. We’re likely to change the software.
But do you think simply changing the software would change participation?
We have to decide who our target audience is. I think the people who want to focus on Greek are not the same people who want to focus on theological debate. And there are other places for theological debate.
A forum like B-Greek has one real advantage over The Refectory at Duke Divinity: people who aren’t at Duke can participate, and we can draw together experts from all over the world. We also have a disadvantage: we don’t serve Chicken Sausage Gumbo. I don’t think we can replace face to face contact for those who have it, but there are many people who don’t. And many people who want to talk with people beyond the circle that is geographically close.
Mike Baber wrote:Perhaps we can add a Latin section here, because whenever I need critical insight into a Latin text, I always want to come here first. But, unfortunately, I know Latin doesn't have a place here.
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