It’s on now over at A Somewhat Old, But Capacious Handbag. Your hostess for this carnival is the lively and talented Miss Prism. And the 2nd edition of Scientiae, the blog-carnival for women in science, went up last week at Post Doc Ergo Propter Doc, hosted by the equally lively and talented Propter Doc. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ […]
Please add suggestions for questions that have not yet been addressed, hopefully with links to articles that address those questions, in the comments to this post. What sort of suggestions could you make? Firstly, links that cover basic material for the benefit of the genuinely curious. Secondly, links that debunk common anti-feminist myths and address […]
The idea of FAQs is a response to the following phenomenon: when new users come into an established discussion group, such as the commenting community at feminist blogs, they often ask questions that have been frequently answered beforehand. This often leads to mutual frustration, as the established community doesn’t wish to go over old ground (especially when doing so derails an interesting discussion), and the new user doesn’t wish to be ignored. Thus ariseth flamewars.
So, long ago in a USENet far far away, the convention arose whereby discussion groups put together an FAQ, and when one of the oft-covered basic questions was raised, people could just say “Read the FAQ” or, if they were being more helpful , point to the specific answer in the FAQ. This was often known as handing the newbie a cluestick.
I’m actually going to try and get this thing going again. Rather than try and generate material specifically for this blog, I’m going to make it more of a link farm (with occasional calls to activism). Every now and then I might do a roundup of material that answers FAQs. This week was International Women’s […]
It keeps getting said on a lot of feminist blogs that they’re not there to educate people in the baby steps of feminism, that they want to discuss matters at a level which assumes a reasonable familiarity with feminist theories and models. And they’re right, otherwise the same basic things just keep getting said over […]