Posted this to the debatedocs group. Hoping for more and better participation going forward!
The basic bargain of this group was that if you were willing to proactively send your email threads to this group you got the benefit of all the other members doing the same. In theory, this would reduce/eliminate the need to bounce from room to room (or Zoom to Zoom) to ask to get on email chains.
A few issues:
1. Free riders - mainly coaches who are in the group but require nothing of their teams.
2. Side bias - people do it when they are aff and create a chain, but do it much less often when they are negative.
3. Some teams but not all teams - another coach one, the idea was a coach could require all their teams to participate increasing the overall utility of the group. In practice a squad's participation when their coach jumps in the group has been sporadic.
Here is my game plan
First, purge all the members of this group
Second, people can rejoin by emailing me at lincolng...@gmail.com
Third, I will do a better job of tracking who the active participants of the group are and I will share that with everyone.
Fourth, come the end of this semester (post Wake) I will look to see how well participants shared with the group. If you suck, you get the boot.
I considered starting a new group but I like the debatedocs name and it is a habit for some. Also someone will come along and data mine this group and resell it to high schoolers and I don't want to deny them that opportunity.
So goodbye for now, but hopefully see you back in here soon.
I am Lincoln, retired debate coach . This site's purpose is to post my ramblings about policy debate.