Re: nothing punny here
On 14/04/2015 12:50 PM, Cynthia MacGregor cynthia@... [puny] wrote:
Lars has made sound points, so anything I put is additional, not competing. My experience is that things run in cycles; the downside often being the wake up call to re-invigorating. Each of us can outline specifics, as Lars has done, and even that often hides complexes difficult to describe.
While rules of some sort are necessary, there was a bout of criticisms relating to several different areas. Whether justified or not, these are inevitably dampers. Free form anything needs to be exactly that; spontaneous, accepted and responded to or added to.
I do not suggest any action on this, but a turn off for me on a thread is when it becomes vulgar [to offer English understatement]. While it is common for today's comedians to rely on seamy comments, I always had the view that those who turned to it had exhausted their humour. For me it is the cheap laugh/embarrassment. It is the difference between open groups and small social or work ones.
While there is a lot of punning on the web, and elsewhere, focus is essential to make any part successful in itself. I think the creation of a Facebook page, and encouragements to use it, has split energies. This may be inevitable, given the butterfly nature of the web, but thought about this is necessary.
As in business, a falling of often leads to mergers. Limericks and Haiku has also shown much reduced activity recently, and the division of discussion to pun-amok prevents the smnoothness fo social interaction - or perhaps its full effects .
I think it worth considering the merging of the three lists. Many of us belong to all three, or to two, already; so the effect is to make a more social group, where ideas can spark, and discussions be part of the fare. A list with greater activity will also be likely to get noticed and attract others to join.