<< I think there's a big difference posting or walking around the school
saying you're going to do something or have a class in something (which
many SVS purists would have a problem with) and recommending a book or a
learning process or a class to a specific student out of the blue. When a
recommendation takes place in a conversation and is not a blatantly stark
recruitment, I don't see a problem with it.
I think a big factor is the intent of the recommendation, which I think
students are usually very quick to glean. >>
Perhaps we _have_ had this conversation before, if so, sorry about that.
I agree with your last paragraph, which makes me not worried about the
"difference" you cite in the first. I just don't see a difference and I'm not
sure that Mimsy, Dan, Hanna, Scott David, or others from SVS would see it,
either. (How about it, SVS folks? Do you worry about the distinction Joe is
making?) In a group setting, it is often most efficient to make one, group
oriented posting or announcement, than it is to have 100 different
conversations. Other events, such as concerts, thesis defenses, etc. are
posted and announced publically...why not classes or other activities?