[ModLib] Results of the Book | DJ Poll

Mike Mayer mwmayer at tds.net
Thu Jun 7 10:55:16 EDT 2007


OK everyone:

You WILL contribute/participate and you WILL like it!

Or

The beatings will continue until participation [morale] improves!

:-)

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Mike Mayer
mwmayer at tds.net

> -----Original Message-----
> From: modlib-bounces at owu.edu [mailto:modlib-bounces at owu.edu] On Behalf Of
> JOSEPH HILL
> Sent: Thursday, June 07, 2007 9:50 AM
> To: For collectors of Modern Library books
> Subject: Re: [ModLib] Results of the Book | DJ Poll
> 
> What you write pertains to the citizen, concerning all things  political
> and social, and I agree with you. However, here we write  about ones HOBBY.
> so, one would think all love and effort would be put forth.
> 
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> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Watson
> Sent: Thursday, June 7, 2007 4:56 AM
> To: For collectors of Modern Library books
> Subject: Re: [ModLib] Results of the Book | DJ Poll
> 
> Clare, et al,
> 
> It does neither, but thank you for contributing all the same. The
> following is not specific to you but is a generality.
> 
> Scot, if I may...
> 
> I'm the President of the Independent Online Booksellers Association
> at ioba.org and can relate to the situation. A group that's gathered
> for a common purpose (like modernlib.com or IOBA) replicates a small
> society/culture in most ways. The most striking, infuriating, and
> depressing way is that like any society/culture only a tiny
> percentage of the members participate in ways that benefit the whole
> society/culture and the others do not feel any pull toward
> contributing to the common good.
> 
> In the end it's about 2% of the members supporting the other 98% who
> enjoy the benefits and generally participate only to the extent of
> complaining. The participants burn out and leave or otherwise quit
> participating, and the rest simply grumble that the good times are
> gone. Kind of like the ant and the grasshopper.
> 
> If one doesn't participate in society/culture (like voting,
> volunteering, keeping your sidewalk clean, contributing to the modlib
> list and site information, etc.) how can the society/culture improve,
> flourish, or ultimately be of benefit? Why can't humans transcend
> being complacent about catching a free ride on the efforts of others
> with no personal contribution?
> 
> -Michael
> 
> At 02:06 PM 6/5/2007, you wrote:
> 
> >Well, Scot, I don't collect ML reading copies or djs;
> >I just collect bits of information about them. That's
> >why I didn't answer (but I'm not sure if if absolves
> >me or damns me!).
> >
> >clare
> >
> >
> >--- Scot Kamins <kamins at modernlib.com> wrote:
> >
> > > folks,
> > >
> > > As usual, dealing with ML collectors is as complex
> > > as dealing with ML
> > > books.
> > >
> > > I recently took a poll, asking folks their
> > > collecting emphasis - book
> > > or DJ.
> > >
> > > 50 of about 130 mailing list members responded.
> > > (Why the heck the
> > > other 80 or so people couldn't be bothered to spend
> > > 10 seconds
> > > responding is beyond me.) Of the 47, the breakdown
> > > is:
> > >
> > > Book paramount:   13
> > > DJ paramount: 34
> > > Equally important: 3
> > >
> > > I was surprised at these results. I had expected the
> > > percentage of DJ
> > > concentrators to far outweigh the book
> > > concentrators, but there you
> > > are -- of those expressing a preference, 27% are
> > > book people. So
> > > while the total sample is indeed small, I find the
> > > this all interesting.
> > >
> > > We would have had a better idea if the rest of the
> > > subscribers had
> > > responded. Pretty damn annoying. I wonder how many
> > > of those non-
> > > responders are non-ModernLib members who eagerly use
> > > the free info
> > > both there and on this list.
> > >
> > >
> > > Scot Kamins
> > > ....................
> > > And we say good-bye to you also,
> > > For you seem never to have discovered
> > > That your relationship is wholly parasitic;
> > > Yet to our feasts you bring neither
> > > Wit, nor good spirits, nor the pleasing attitudes
> > > Of discipleship.
> > >                       (from Amities, Ezra Pound)
> > >
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