Why are techies control freaks?

1 March 2010 at 14:14 Leave a comment

And why don’t people reign them in?

RichardDawkins.net shows how best to kill an online community: leave it to the techies.

I have seen that same disdain and/or fear of free-flowing information exchange from every sys-admin I’ve ever met.  And the same we-know-best about community, education, discussion, etc. even though their actual expertise is, you know, technical.

And their ‘recommendations’ strangely enough always mean making their jobs easier.

Peter Harrison in the above linked story cites these statistics:

No. of comments / posts made
—————————————Front page———–Forum
31/01/10 – 22/02/10————6204—————62,367
(average posts per day)———-282—————-2,834

And it’s the Forum that needed to be changed?!  Well, if they want to bring it in line with the front page, I think they’ve succeeded.

And then poor PeterH spends an entire post defending Richard Dawkins.  There is obviously no point in that.  If Dawkins didn’t think the forum was important enough to be an active member (and therefore personally know what had happened) then surely he will be relieved to see it go.  Pretty amazing to have let it develop at all if it wasn’t his kind of thing.

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