People were being nasty to one another over something (I can't remember what), and it sparked this message from me: | I'd like to make a suggestion as to how we | could avoid flame wars on anthro-l. I feel that one of the reasons | discussions sometimes get so nasty is because we know so little about | one another *as people* that we often forget that there *are* people | behind the messages. | My sugestion is that the 20 or 30 regular contributors to the list | write a short description (say <100 words) of themselves, and that these | descriptions be collated and mailed once a month (or however often | seems appropriate) to the list. I'm happy to compile such a file if | people want to mail me their life stories (or just post them to the list). | | I don't mean for people to produce a list of their research interests. | I was thinking of a more personal description, perhaps even with a few | bits of complete trivia - something to help us understand that there is | a person behind all those words! (I don't know about the rest of you, | but I would find it hard to say anything personally nasty about someone | who I knew kept an extensive collection of tropical fish, or who had an | uncontrollable fondness for chocolate, however poorly I thought of | their ideas.) The autobiographies you see here are a result of this, which may explain some things about them. Danny Yee.
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