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From Joe Schaefer <>
Subject Re: On parks, commons, and websites
Date Tue, 17 Jul 2012 19:32:19 GMT
Well not quite.  I view the paid infra staff
as the people who "manage the park".  Ie the
hardware and software that provides it, not
the community of visitors who exercise the
physical resources to create intellectual
assets (ie the commons).


> From: Donald Whytock <>
>To:; Joe Schaefer <> 
>Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 3:29 PM
>Subject: Re: On parks, commons, and websites
>I like the spirit of your analogy.  The overall message is that, if
>something needs doing, and you see it needs doing, you doing it is the
>way to see it gets done fastest, and that if you recognize the need,
>then its getting done is something that benefits you, among others.
>There's an important difference, though.  There are no rangers in this
>park.  No one's employed by the park to get something done.  Maybe
>someone's employed by one of the office buildings next to the park
>because they want nice scenery.  But the park itself has no employees.
>So if no one does something, it simply doesn't get done.
>Perhaps a better analogy is a remote sparse community in mountain or
>wilderness areas, where there isn't much in the way of government
>oversight and public works.  If you need a bridge over a chasm, you
>build it or there's no bridge.  If livestock need a well, you dig it
>or there's no water.  Anyone who stands around waiting for something
>to get done is likely to get (a) very hungry, (b) laughed at or (c)
>shot by someone who's struggling to do it for himself.
>This community is probably somewhere between the two.
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