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Ethel Duath

Nov 13 2012, 5:04am

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This is exactly the problem for me--not Orlando! But this:

"On the other hand, when it appears that observations about a text are welcome, that do not require support of say Tolkien's letters or The Tale of Beren and L�thien for instance, I'm more than happy to make such (subjective) observations. But I've noticed a lack of willingness to engage with such original content -- that is to say content not based on the existing Tolkien scholarship.

A model that seems to work well on discussion boards is one in which people share ideas with each other and evaluate each other's ideas. I hardly think any of us are the sort to be interested in one way communication, otherwise we would deposit our writings elsewhere."

As a former lurker, I loved visiting the RR because of the wide range of discussions, and types of people involved in them. I couldn't wait to join in. But right around the time I joined, several people were apparently already in the process of leaving, for various reasons. I noticed that posts of a less scholarly variety began to receive few if any responses or discussion. I have always felt that opinions by "amateurs" (in the best sense of the word) can often be as insightful or interesting as those of serious scholars and researchers. Not all the time certainly. But I think any thoughtful post should be worthy of some kind of relatively polite response. People are very seldom rude here. It's just the deafening silence that is very discouraging.

I really think that part of the problem is the small number of people who post. A wider variety of people posting and discussing would make a wider variety of new and departed people feel more welcome. It's pretty much a conundrum, and I'm not sure what the solution is (although it's definitely not Orlando!Smile).
I think a few of the suggestions made here might help to draw in folks, especially some new ones who haven't had the chance yet to feel intimidated or ignored.

Just some thoughts.

(This post was edited by Ethel Duath on Nov 13 2012, 5:06am)

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Post edited by Ethel Duath (Half-elven) on Nov 13 2012, 5:06am

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