Masculine Online Norms [...]

Those cultural logics include valuing logic over emotion, winning over negotiation, aggressive confrontation over accommodation, individual liberty over the common good, and a sense of entitlement wrapped in a defense of “free speech” - speech that can win by aggressively silencing others. One of the curious ways individuality in this context is expressed is through creating a like-minded community that can swarm and overcome enemies. It’s a team sport. (Source)

Friendly Surveillance [...]

Personally, I refuse to embrace surveillance as a tool that fosters student learning.We wouldn’t accept it for ourselves, so we shouldn’t impose it on students. (Source)

Abuse by Design [...]

“For years, it allowed this equal footing, where a troll you didn’t follow and your best friend who you follow and interact with all the time were given equal weight, and that’s crazy,” a former senior employee said. “Seriously, if you were an alien and you came down to look at this thing, you’d say, ‘Oh, the product was basically built for maximum ease of trolling.’ Like, they must have built this for trolls.” (Source)

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Problems with Praise [...]

Some people react quite negatively to positive reinforcement, either becoming openly defiant or withdrawing in a show of passive resistance. Are these acts of sheer perversity? Not at all. They are reactions to a very basic but rarely noticed fact: the most notable aspect of a positive judgment is not that it is positive but that it is a judgment. Older children and adults may hear praise as condescending, as a reminder of (or an attempt to bolster) the greater power of the person giving it. Suppose you are having a discussion about politics with some friends and one of them nods gravely after you say something and proclaims, "That is a very good point." Depending on a variety of factors, your reaction might well be intense annoyance rather than pleasure: "Who the hell is he to judge the value of my comment?"

-Alfie Kohn, Punished by Rewards

Choral Documentation [...]

While there are certainly plenty of unique scenarios that require a nuanced answer, in many more cases we have communities that are striving to learn more about common topics and asking similar questions. As a result various Knowledge Base Silos have arisen to meet that need. We have http://docs.reclaimhosting.com/, Emory has http://docs.emorydomains.org/, OU has http://create.ou.edu/docs/, and the list just keeps growing. Finding models for powerful reuse here would be a huge boon for a lot of folks.

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