Gawd, but I get tired of people who never ever bother to read for themselves. Last night I was reading the excellent “A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy” after misuba pointed it out on the Story Games board. But I was thinking, when this bit in the intro about how “[t]he Internet supports lots of communications patterns, principally point-to-point and two-way, one-to-many outbound, and many-to-many two-way”, that it seems some people’s speciality is to create noise to drown out the signal in what is supposed to be many-to-many two-way communications.
Specifically, I’m talking about the jokers who never bother to read what is already posted on a discussion and then fires off e-mails to ask everyone to repeat what they just posted. Or the lazy bums who keep asking “Where can I find info on Topic X?” when merely entering “Topic X” in the Google search window, no other keywords, no fancy advanced searches, provides you with the necessary info within the first three results. Between them and bona fide spammers, there seems to be fewer and fewer messages of any value in my in-box. I think of those people as the Noise-to-Signal crowd; their interventions on a forum, a mailing list, a group blog, a message board just confuse everything and never add new information.
Yes, you can guess that I’ve been facing a number of these people on various boards lately.