aporia pidgeon

where has aporia pidgeon come from?
June 3, 2007, 4:13 pm
Filed under: aporia census, emergent, introduction

aporia is a pathfinding vehicle for social enterprise

aporia is a member of the emerge community at http://emerge.elgg.org/aporia

it is not possible to post comments in relation to aporia as part of the emerge community website without being logged on as a member of the emerge community and, at this stage, membership of the emerge community is closed

however, aporia has also been emerging as a community itself, with members – and potential members – who are effectively not regarded as members of the immediate emerge community

therefore, aporia pidgeon is here to open up the dialogue between aporia community members who are not members of the emerge community, but who may wish to be able to post comments on the issues being raised

in addition, emerge community members are also free to access aporia pidgeon and post comments either here or via the emerge community website

importantly, emerge community members may employ aporia pidgeon as a go-between in order to help anonymise their comments to be fed back indirectly to the emerge community

these emerge community members may not otherwise feel that they have the expressive privacy required in order to voice such potential concerns

or indeed, aporia pidgeon may be employed in other ways that are themselves emergent

in this sense, aporia is cultivating a research through social enterprise approach, and aporia pidgeon is but one carrier of this research (if not quite as a research career)

so welcome to the grass roots – and hope this helps !


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hello aporia pidgeon,
thank you for accepting this role on our behalf – sorry the job description was a little vague, but hope you can make something of it in time for your appraisal at least
should warn you that we have a series of emerge online activity days coming up this week, and you’ll be the main feature of our showcase slot – hope that’s not too daunting, but trust it may all come out in the wash eventually
of course, please do not hesitate to get in touch if there’s anything we can do to help from this end
we’ll endeavour to mirror all our emerge blog entries with you from here on in … and, who knows, perhaps a few extra on the side, eh?
best wishes,

Comment by aporia

hi pidgeon – hope you don’t mind, but this is just a comment to check that these comments really do appear anonymous. it seems that when leaving a comment, it asks for a name (to which have given as “anonymous”) and then also an email address (that it says won’t be published) – what happens next? am not a registered member of wordpress.com by the way, so hope that isn’t a problem …

Comment by anonymous

hi “anonymous” (of 06.13.07 @ 7.04am)
thank you for your comment and your query – this is what happened after you submitted your comment through this site:
1. wordpress.com – which hosts this site – sent me (as aporia pidgeon) an email to say that a comment had been submitted and was pending my approval;
2. this email told me the name you gave (i.e. “anonymous”), the email address you gave (that is not shown to the public), and the IP address of the computer you sent the comment from (e.g. this may have come about through you accessing this site via your workplace, or an internet cafe, or your home, at the time of submitting the comment); and
3. in this way, aporia pidgeon is given the option of trying to contact you at the email address you have stated in order to follow up on your message before deciding to “approve” the post as one that should appear on this site for public viewing or not. this sort of moderation is designed to help stop “spam” comments from blindly appearing on this page.
these steps go some way to helping your anonymity in public be mediated by aporia pidgeon so that, on the one hand, the public may trust that this pidgeon has checked that the comment is not “spam” in good faith and, on the other hand, the person posting the comment can trust that their affiliation is not publically viewable on this site if they should choose not to make it so.
importantly, this site has been set up so that you do not have to be registered as a member of the host, wordpress.com, in order to submit a comment (anonymous or otherwise). this is an option that wordpress.com allows for when setting up sites like this. not all blog hosts permit this feature, and such features can be indicative of broader issues with regards to cultivating research through social enterprise. however, will endeavour to explore this and related issues further as this site evolves.
for the time being, hope this helps …
a pidgeon

Comment by aporia pidgeon

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