Why Do You Paticipate?

Later this year I hope to talk about "collaborative web sites" and how to encourage participation. So I've been thinking on the topic of "how to encourage participation" or maybe "running a successful online community." I think we get a fairly decent amount of participation from a relatively eclectic group of people. Though I always think we'd benefit from more people participation, I think we do a pretty good job, all things considered. Slashcode isn't the easiest thing in the world to use, and I think that's probably one big barrier to entry. But I don't want to focus on why people don't participate (right now) but rather on why you do choose to participate.

I'm very curious about what motivates you to participate on LISNews. Why do you suggest stories? Why do you post comments? Why do you use your journal? What attracted you to LISNews in the first place?


I've learned alot about libraries and librarians, met some interesting people (mostly virtually) from all over the US (and beyond). I'm enjoying honing my journalistic skills by posting stories. Re: comments; I love a good argument, and hardly ever shy away from one (particularly one in which I can't be punched out). But you've all probably noticed that.

I also enjoy having a forum (journal) for those insights and happenings that nobody else (i.e., the family primarily) wants to hear about. I work alone at my computer, and enjoy the camaraderie of a virtual collection of people interested in books and their contents.

Last but not least, I'm hoping that some LISNewsterz might find our product line of interest.

Nothing energizes a profession like healthy debate.

I've always enjoyed the juice and doughnuts here. The wet naps are a nice touch too.

I found LISNews via Steven Cohen's Library Stuff--he used to do a lot of library news, then changed the format of Library Stuff. I wanted a site where I could keep up to date with happenings in the library world--something I felt I was lacking stuck in my little school library.

As to why I comment? I can't help myself, if I see a topic of interest or import to me, my typing fingers get itchy. I like that most of the debate here is relatively civil (yeah, there are exceptions...)and almost always interesting. I've been trying to cut down on being so reactive...just a personal goal, you know.*G*

I like to suggest stories because I like to get Canadian stuff noted--obviously not all the stories I suggest are Canada-centric, but many are. What can I say? I'm a proud Canadian.

Finally, I journal because I enjoy "talking" about what's going on in my library (and related) world. I do it here because most of the people who read my journal will have some understanding of what I'm going through/talking about. I love to write and I hope that what I write is interesting or at the least, readable.

I enjoy the community that exists here at LISNews, the good and the bad, the funny and the sad. Thanks for creating LISNews, Blake...my day wouldn't be nearly as interesting without it!*G* Keep up the great work!


Think I found LisNews by searching for "library" and "news" using a search engine...traditional "library" news sites seemed too limited and lacked immediacy. Blogs are okay, but there again every blogger focuses on their interest...LisNews is immediate, diverse, and challenges us to think, contribute and participate. There does not seem to be a censor here or anyone with a single political agenda.

No other source is so inclusive and it seems easy to comment, and not too difficult to post.

Nice praise for a great site. How 'bout identifying yourself?

And some of what I didn't say (on the previous post). It's too early in the morning:P

Many bloggers write directly from their POV, and that's not always compelling.

LisNews is diverse, and it is still roughly coherent - something that slashdot doesn't seem to maintain. It's also lower volume. It's possible to get your comments seen, and for you to keep up on everything posted on a story you're interested in. The quality of the users is also important, because people who provide good links, good insight, or direct you to things you otherwise would never have seen, is what makes the internet great.

Immediacy in posting is a great thing (only wikis are better, and only because of the editting facilities), and so is the respect for anonymous heroes/patrons/cowards. Not everyone wants to have another account to keep track of.

-- Ender, Duke_of_URL