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From Donald Whytock <dwhyt...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [RT] Community over policy, and similar thoughts
Date Tue, 17 Jan 2012 15:56:12 GMT
Fair enough.  I used to run into this in high school, where something
that had been done the year before a freshman came in was suddenly a
tradition that had to be done every year.  You could probably compare
it to Terry Pratchett's senior mayfly ("It's way too bright around
here now.  Not like it was in the good ol' hours.").[1]

There still needs to be something one can bootstrap a community with.
Oral tradition is a wonderful thing, "make it up as you go" is very
liberating, but some people work really really well with checklists
and flowcharts.  Something somewhere should say, "If you don't do
anything else, you at least have to do this."  Perhaps break it down
into "must", "should", and "worked before".

Don

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reaper_Man

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