First of all, in response to your last question, I would ask, why wasn't that an editorial comment?
Now onto the meat of your question, about my 'trick.' Well, it is easy. Maybe too easy. I don't look for patterns in people. I look at each person I meet, or associate with or whatever, and I look at their merits. Your point about not knowing 200 people is pretty important. I don't know 200 people either. I guess this boils down to the old axion, 'think globally, act locally.' I wrote a story on k5, and as a result, I have learned about some people, and what they think of themselves and their community. I didn't even get 200 posts, and I have responded to just a fraction of those. I have interacted with people, and formed judgements. In my personal life, the scale is even smaller. But it's no trick. And if you found 200 unique personalities on TV, I'd love to have your cable system.
Few people affect my day to day life. They are the people I look at as unique. My friends are a pretty diverse and wonderful group. And they surprise me all the time. It is a beautiful thing. I can't believe you, somebody so much better than and more unique than everybody else could get a headache, because you are clearly qualified to group us all accordingly. You know, now that I know whose drawer I am in, I don't feel so bad.
Now, I will respond sans sarcasm. Take notes. I have repeatedly had to emphasize that I have no problem with groups forming. I acknowledged IN THE STORY that that was inevitable. I have also pointed this out in other posts. I fault nobody for finding solace in a group. What I find troubling is that people form into a line under a name, and the ends of the bell curve get chopped off in the big picture, because the picture isn't big enough, and minds are just too narrow. Labelling isn't a great way to know who people are, as you claim. It is a crutch. You don't know enough people to have to rely on it. You've admitted as much already. If you need to fall back on stereotypes and labels in the real world, let alone here, you are not much better than some Springer guest Klansmen, just less malignant.
You see, I have associated myself with a group. I have associated myself with readers and contributors here at k5. I would like to think that the geek community/collective is part of k5, and not the other way around. I would like to think that the people of k5 are interested in learning and sharing, and maybe even teaching each other. But the more imprtant the geek archetype becomes to the identity of the site, the less it will have to teach me, and the less I will be encouraged to share. That might not be a big deal to you, but there are plenty of people that feel the same way.
I am my own home. - Banana Yoshimoto
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