The Loon doesn’t often admit this, but there are times that her pragmatic competence (that is, her ability to understand the intent of another’s communication) just plain goes missing in action.
So she’ll ask her readership this one: what is the intent of emailing links to commonly-available news tidbits in someone’s area of expertise to that person? (Email specifically. Twitter is another animal altogether.)
The Loon has received hundreds, probably nudging into the thousands, of these emails. Ephemera like job announcements aside, only perhaps a dozen of these emailed links have been honestly new to her. She often finds herself swimming irascibly away from the keyboard thinking do the Loon’s colleagues truly think the Loon is derelict in her current-awareness responsibilities?
No, but seriously, what response, if any, is expected? The Loon typically either sends a quick “thank you” (followed, she confesses, by a tap of the delete button on the replied-to message) or a clarifying comment should one cross her mind. Is that sufficient?
And what is being communicated by the original email? Something like I’m thinking about this too? Something like Could we do this here? or Why aren’t we doing this already? or Why isn’t what you’re doing anywhere near this great? (This seems passive-aggressive to the Loon, especially when the link comes from someone in a leadership position, but that doesn’t disqualify it from being the actual intent.) Something like Hey, that thing you’re always on about, maybe it really is important?
The Loon doesn’t know. So she’s asking. What is this about?
- Discovery layers and metadata
- Assessing the scamminess of a purported open-access publisher