SLED (Second Life Educators list) is responsible. For a couple of years I have lurked receiving the daily digest from the email list. I have increasingly ignored and deleted this as it is an indigestible digest! I found I was scrolling through lines and lines of quoted text and stuff that I just wasn’t interested in to get to a couple (if I was lucky) of “jems”. So this week I decided to move from the digest to the “as they come” mode hoping I can delete stuff I am not interested in from the subject line and then only read the interesting things in a timely manner! THEN an argument has broken out… Up to now the list has been almost exclusively posted in English. Then someone posted in Spanish looking for some Spanish help (not a bad idea really) but it has BLOWN up so that we now have people recommending that all of the list users post in their native language. A tower of Babel!!! Given that I speak no other languages really, and can read a similar amount this would make the list unusable by me – and several other people said the same. We all agreed that any of us could delete the languages we could not access. Someone asked us to use the technology to translate the posts – GREAT idea, so I’ve got to try and work out which language a post is written in, then get it translated to find out if I want to read it!
NOW we’ve got people accusing other people of being racist!
About time I opted out altogether I think – SLED stinks?