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
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