Comment: Robert Dornbush (Apr 17, 2002)
Lou, this is of great interest to me as an IA / UI / ID guy. It is equally fun and interesting to track the evolution of SIGIA in comaprison to the evoultion of IA as a practice and my own personal career.
You have been a real guiding light for our community in what can only be described as the storm of uncertain development seas; soak up some rays and feel the love Baby!
Comment: Brian Christiansen (Apr 17, 2002)
Without getting into a "well, define what you mean by IA" discussion, and in relation to the number of members of the list, it makes one wonder how many IAs are there in the US, in the world? What percent are here on sigIA-L? (How many know I need a job in the Boston area? Did I say that outloud? ;-)
Thanks for the stats Lou.
Comment: Jonathan Heron (Apr 19, 2002)
Regarding whether or not SIGIA-L is a community…
At a Zeriously event  last year here in Dublin, the topic for the night was communities and in the course of discussion between the audience and panel the subject of what constitutes a community came up (naturally). One quite good suggestion (that I tend to agree with) is that you can benchmark a community based on the reaction to a significant event, be it to a person on the forum, or something like September 11th.
I've found this to be a good method of gauging whether or not a forum, mailing list or whatever else, is a community. A quick glance back through the logs of many lists I subscribe to revealed emails back and forth expressing sympathies to members living in the New York area; or checking to see had people been caught in the attack. Yet more discussion went even further OT to discuss te ramifications of 9/11 etc.
So, what distinguishes a community from a bunch of people discussing a topic of common interest? IMHO:
"With a group of people simply discussing a topic of common interest, no attention is paid to the nature, status, or personality of members of the group. In a community, members become living people."
Hmmm that sounded better in my head… but I've been working for 14 hours a day all week, and I'm coming down with the flu. But hopefully I've managed to get my point across =)
Oh, and happy birthday SIGIA-L. And… looking forward to the new book Lou!!
Comment: Andrew Hinton (Apr 30, 2002)
Ok. It's like 11 days later and I just now bothered to read the posting on sigia-l. And lo-and-behold I saw my name there (!) as the top poster in October of 2000! I'm so impressed with myself.
But, alas, there was no prize.
The irony is that I only read the sigia-l list after it reaches about 1500 messages, which is about the point at which it starts to scare me.
Comment: Brad Lauster (May 3, 2002)
Wow...I'm such a data slut. Great post Lou. Thanks!
Comment: Paula Thornton (May 23, 2002)
But since we've now had 3 conferences, I keep saying that we're 3 years old as a discipline (more formally, of course)!
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