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Thread #116135   Message #2492723
Posted By: Azizi
13-Nov-08 - 09:31 AM
Thread Name: From Max: Mudcat Update
Subject: RE: From Max: Mudcat Update
semi-submersible, thanks for your response to my idea. I like the idea of a listing of "memorable cultural threads" being a way to interest people in Mudcat once they become aware of this site. The point I was making is how to help specific populations become aware of this site.

But focusing on your question/comment, I think the threads listed should be more descriptive than the term "cultural". For instance, is there a thread on the most memorable Blues threads, or the most memorable Caribbean music threads" or the most memorable African music threads or memorable African American music threads [which of course who overlap with the Blues thread but would include such threads as the one on the song Iko Iko, thread.cfm?threadid=23200. Also, I didn't know about this archived thread that was started in 1998 until it was refreshed today with a new post: blues lyrics meanings thread.cfm?threadid=4581&messages=29 . Imo, that's an example of a thread which "deserves to be added to a listing of memorable Blues thread.

I think that a good way of alerting people of color* and other folks to Mudcat is starting and maintaining a Mudcat Discussion forum Wikipedia page. Hyperlinks to categories of memorable threads could be posted on that page. Although I've never contributed to a Wikipedia page before, I'm interested in working on a Mudcat Wikipedia page along with other Mudcatters, if Max wants such a page.

With regard to hyperlinks to those threads being in Mudcat's Frequently asked questions "thread", in my opinion, Mudcat's FQA is already very difficult to follow. However, if Max and/or the moderators want to add hyperlinks to these types of memorable threads to the FQA section, so be it.

*To answer a question I was asked in a pm, "people of color" is an all enclusive, generic phrase that has been used since at least the 1990s by African Americans and others to refer to Black people, Latinos, Native Americans, Asians, and other people who have been
considered to be "minorities". "People of color" doesn't mean the same thing as "Colored people", which is a largely outdated referent for Black Americans. As I used it, that term also does not have tghe same meaning as the South African referent for mixed race people-Coloureds-or other such referents around the world.