Opening up bboard : LUSENET : U of C General Studies 500 : One Thread

It seems that all people who made any comment on the subject of opening up this bulletin board to other people, seem to agree that that would be a good thing. So, I propose that on tomorrows class (friday, 10th), we give Margo the OK, along with anyone else who wants to be a part of this community.

We have two choices, please tell me what to do:

1) eliminate the password protection of the site- make it public an available to anyone who wants to post anything

2) freely distribute the password, so that only people that we think are OK will have access.

sorry, I know that some of you are getting sick of this topic, but please understand that if you do not repsond, then you are forcing me to make the decision for you. I do not want to be placed in this position- as I replied to Allen, this is not my board, it is ours.


-- Anonymous, November 09, 2000


I think mass distribution of the password might be a better idean than eliminiating it all together. From my experience, there are people on line who disturb shit for that intent alone, not to increase discussion. I would hate to have a bunch of crashers wreck the site (though, admittedly, the chances of them finding the site is really slim). And that way, anyone who wants to participate (prob just the GNST classes)is welcome. HAve a great weekend, everyone! Andrea

-- Anonymous, November 09, 2000

I'm with Andrea, I think we should just distribute the password.


-- Anonymous, November 09, 2000

i understand that thing Andrea said about ppl coming onto this site and wrecking it, but if we retain the password, then somebody who is surfing the net and lands on this site, finds this site interesting and wants to contribute something valuable, will not be able to... what do u guys think we can do about this?

by opening this board up to the rest of the world instead of only people we know, the potential for interesting input increases a lot, but then theres that problem Andrea pointed out...

-- Anonymous, November 17, 2000

maybe my last comment sounded silly because... how can someone without the password find this site interesting if they cant even get in in the first place??

maybe what i shoulda said was jes that by retaining the password system, strangers who want to check out our board will not be able to unless they happen to know one of the people in our classes...

-- Anonymous, November 17, 2000

My big fear about removing the password is that it will change the dynamics of the board. I'd love to have more people on, but I don't want it to turn into some heated political debate. Not that there's anything wrong with debate, there's just a lot of people out there who would contribute only anger. I'm not sure how else to put it, I was involved in an email list that started out ok, but then I got involved in a debate with another girl (very intelegent girl, don't get me wrong) but she seemed unwilling to ever consider anyone elses point of view, the focus shifted from disscussing to winning and for me it lost an important elment. That's my concern about opening it wide up, I don't want to end up in a butting my haed against a wall situation. Maybe my fears are unfounded, I'm not sure.


-- Anonymous, November 20, 2000

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