A gentle reminder about posting rules

This note is to remind users about the two rules of the group and explain what is meant by them.
To preserve the Gregg Shorthand Group’s fertility as a greenhouse for diverse ideas, the only requirement is that posts are (1) relevant and (2) kind.
What do we mean by relevant? Posts in the General section are those that are related to Gregg, as there are plenty of places on the Internet to discuss non-Gregg subjects, including our own Anything Goes section. Examples of topics suitable for the General section include: questions about Gregg Shorthand theory (including the now infamous “what the heck is that outline” post), announcements about Gregg-related websites, questions about how to study Gregg (for example, which books are required, length of time of study, etc.). Basically, if it the topic has the word Gregg in it, it is most welcome. The Gregg Shorthand Multiply Group is a place to talk about Gregg, so let’s keep its content relevant for those interested in the subject. If a topic started being Gregg-related and ends up being off topic (whether Gregg-related or not), we will ask the last poster to open a new topic, either in the General section (if still Gregg-related), or in the Anything Goes section (if not).
Regarding posts being kind, this rule should not be misinterpreted to mean that heated disagreements are forbidden. On the contrary, if the group is to be of any academic value, they are much encouraged. The important thing is that posts not attack other members, only their ideas. So, it is important that a member provide evidence for and explanation of his premises when tensions are high; not simply say “that’s wrong.” Even if one disagrees, arguments can be phrased kindly — people can agree to disagree. Before you post a message, put yourself in the shoes of the recipient.

All topics in the group are open for three reasons: (1) we want open communication, (2) we want new members to participate in old discussions, and (3) there is no mechanism by which topics can be closed. For that reason, some topics may contain a large number of posts. As a check, when you post, make sure that you are addressing the original issue brought up, or that you are posting a clarification. In the exchanges, we sometimes forget the original issue, and end up going to tangential topics. If you see that you are responding to something unrelated to the original post, it would be best to open a new discussion. There is plenty of server space!
In the future, we will open new pages. If you have additional ideas to make this group even better, please let us know. Your responses and participation in the forum are most welcome!

(by Carlos for everyone)
3 comments Add yours
  1. Hi Chuck,   Guilty!   Your points are well taken, even though I'm probably more guilty than most of thread drift, and non-gregg posting!   Are you able to split threads?  I've participated in a couple over in the General forum which started off as gregg related, but evolved (devolved?) into a general discussion of shorthand matters and other systems.  I do feel guilty about contributing to non-gregg posting on that side of the forum, but sometimes I just can't help myself 🙂   It makes sense to keep the Gregg forum to Gregg shorthand, with everything else in the Anything Goes section.  It's a measure of the sucess of this board that writers of other systems can find nowhere else to go that's half as interesting!  For which, many thanks to those responsible.   Regards, Ian

  2. Thanks Ian.  There's no easy way to split threads, other than literally splitting the thread: copying the beginning of the new thread in a new message.  It would be great if I would be able to move threads around, but that feature is not available, .   With respect to the rambling, we welcome it!!!  The thing is that sometimes we keep rambling and rambling, and the thread gets unusually long, and the beginning of the post has nothing to do with the end.  In those cases, it is better to start a new one.  We are suggesting to do that, for streamlining the site.  It is not one of the two cardinal rules of the site, but is just a guidance for good posting.

  3. Here is a link to a scan of a facsimile of the first Gregg Shorthand Manual published by John Gregg in Liverpool in 1888. There was a limited press of 500 copies. Only 7 original copies are known to exist. In 1913, John Gregg created facsimile copies of the original 1888 manual for his friends and colleagues.

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2055520&id=1335214277

    I also have scanned a scanned copy of the 1898 version, called "Gregg's Shorthand." That is a large book and too big to Post as Individual images on Facebook.

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