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John Gianino

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How do we better organize our TED conversations?

Our conversations are powerful and meaningful. How do we structure this forum to better connect and engage us in a positive way?

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    Mar 11 2013: Let me ask, as I have wondered about this. Some people are obviously very much affected by whether they believe a thread has been posted in the right category- Ideas, Questions, or Debates. Others do not particularly notice the category in which the thread is placed, responding simply to the topic/question put forward and the narrative elaboration of what the questioner is looking for.

    Either John or Daryl, how does the way a person places his thread in a category (that you think is the wrong category for it) affect your experience?
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      Mar 11 2013: Does this relate to cogency?
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        Mar 11 2013: I noticed that Daryl went specifically to this issue in response to your question about organization.
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      Mar 11 2013: i think it is okay, just we need another category: the venus project
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      Mar 11 2013: Hey Fritzie, I as most here am able to respond as we see fit in the current context of how topics are placed but I do have to consider that often alot of banter is devoted to how a conversation is presented and have to agree with John's posting here that something like a loose policy to help people choose the appropriate format for their contribution might encourage some clarity in presenting their thoughts and responses. For instance, I due take issue with how Debates are so often presented as a question or commentary without a supporting argument. Ofcourse this is just my opinion being shared in the spirit and intent of helping find a solution should we deem one is needed.
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        Mar 12 2013: So your focus is not categorization per se but rather wanting positions to be supported by arguments and evidence.
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          Mar 12 2013: My focus is in specific response to John's request for feedback concerning how to better engage people in a positive way when posting to the general formats for "Conversations" without imposing a rigid format. What do you think about my suggestion for a roll-over on the format buttons of the main Conversations webpage giving a brief suggestion for presentation?
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        Mar 12 2013: Suggestions for presentation sound fine to me. I don't know how much difference they would make, though, as people already choose, I think, the style of presentation of their ideas that they prefer.

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