Mentors Tips - Communicate - Collaborate - Really?

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Heloooo WikiPeeps!

Remember when we were kids and we played games where someone whispered a phrase into someone's ear, then that someone turned and whispered the phrase into the next person's ear until the phrase had worked its way around the room and came out a jumbled mess?

I was going to say when we tied a string between cans, pulled it taut and had conversations from one fort to the next, but that would really date me.

We used to carry a set of Walkie Talkies to our favorite ski resort and give the kids free range so long as they answered the Walkie if we called. YES there were cell phones around then but who wants to trust a 5 year old with a cell phone!

In this age of text instead of talk, email instead of call, we have learned to talk in quick short bursts of language rather than the niceties that were the language of work and friendship in those long ago days before the internet.

Here in the limbs of our great big ole shared tree we sometimes have to shout from far away limbs and hope we are heard.

Tree metaphors aside, we WikiTreers have the challenges of many, many languages added to the mix of the current models of internet communications. PLUS we are working on something we all feel pretty passionate about - our family.

Keep this in mind and keep in mind that we are all working together, collaborating, toward a common goal - ONE single world Tree. To reach our goal we need to remember that there may be very different ways of communicating going on. From cans and a string to snippets of what would pass as a statement as we collaborate to build our one world tree.

To answer this "communication is collaboration" idea WikiTree has a great help page to address this, Communication Before Editing. The information on this page should be considered by all of us no matter the level of involvement - from Data Doctors to Weekend Climbers.

My favorite Quote Ever...“They have been at a great feast of languages and stolen the scraps.” - William Shakespeare. Loves Labour Lost

Collaborate on WikiPeeps!


in The Tree House by Mags Gaulden G2G6 Pilot (535k points)
edited by Mags Gaulden
As always....well said and something for us to all remember.
Thank you, Mags!! Really well said!!

We all need to remember to give each other the benefit of the doubt -- even if we don't deserve it. ;-)
Thanks for the reminder, Mags!
Years ago, a computer colleague would hit her hand on the desk and yell, "Stupid, stupid, stupid!" (She became a manager)  But she learned, as we all have, when and how to express ourselves to become more effective.  Or, at least, that's the goal.

I love the advice, "Don't wikki when angry!"  Sometimes one more piece of information changes the understanding and there is another shift; oh,of course, well that fits.  It can be jarring or surprising.

A correspondent from another site emailed, "will you please tell me why you are researching XXX the Loyalist instead of XXX the Patriot?"  She had some VALUABLE information, and at that point I didn't know there were two XXX (same name, same period, etc.).  But I had to step back before responding.  Don't we all!  -- Janine

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Ah Mags,

Our very own WikiTree Shakespeare! Very well said. Respect and communication seem to be the casualties of this modern society. Thanks for the reminders.
by Brett Rutherford G2G6 Pilot (121k points)
aww Brett! <foot shuffle, blush>

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