Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Creating those "koolaid" moments

Alas, I am doomed because while I may have the hamsters? I don't have the passion of the Koolaid moments....

From Kathy at "Creating Passionate Users"

You don't really have passionate users until someone starts accusing them of "drinking the koolaid." You might have happy users, even loyal users, but it's the truly passionate that piss off others enough to motivate them to say something. Where there is passion, there is always anti-passion... or rather passion in the hate dimension.

If you create passionate users, you have to expect passionate detractors. You should welcome their appearance in blogs, forums, and user groups. It means you've arrived. Forget the tipping point--if you want to measure passion, look for the koolaid point.



Hooda Thunkit said...

Lisa posted this,

”If you create passionate users, you have to expect passionate detractors.”

From Kathy at "Creating Passionate Users."

True enough, but you can still expect (read as: demand) a certain amount of civil discourse IF you set a civil tone in your own posting style.

And, on your own blog, you can enforce the civil discourse by fearlessly deleting any post that does not fit your idea of “civil…”

Lisa Renee said...

That's true HT and that might be why I would never reach those koolaid moments. It could very well be a good thing.

Sometimes it's better to seek passion in other ways


*df* said...

ya wanna buy some KoolAid?
cheap? Two bucks.
(all right, there's my intro)

Honestly, Lisa, I don't know where you dug up this information, but you really should have left it buried.
KoolAid point? hah.hah.

"Where there is passion, there is always anti-passion... or rather passion in the hate dimension."

"Hate dimension?"
Dimension? Doesn't this defy some of the fundamental laws of physics? Who is this person? And why is her vocabulary so limited? (Hypothetically speaking-- no, I do not want to be invited to any of her parties.)
For all you out there that may be like me, the "hate dimension" she's talking about is the word "rage." Some people like to use more words than necessary so their words will sound more important than they really are.
Yes, there is passion and there is rage. However, neither are dimensions and never will be.
As far as "creating" passion and rage?
Is there really a way to create passion or rage? Some people have a passion for automobiles-- some don't. If someone has a plan to instill the passion of automobiles into someone who doesn't, then the passion is merely a fabricated whimsy and will be short lived. Genuine passion, like enthusiasm, comes from within. When it comes from an external source it's a sign of manipulation.
Consider for a moment the word "enthusiasm." Break down the word: En-Thusi-asm; meaning "the god within."

Which brings us back to the KoolAid point.
(in me best Scot's accent)
Aye Lisa! Ah'm takin' umbrage w'the Koolaid factor, lassie! Ah dunt e'r like koolaid! Pour me a swill o' grog an' ah'll be takin' it to GO! arrrrrr......
Aye lassie!
Ah got enuf passion fah th' enteer Pacific Rim!

Lisa Renee said...

She's a blogger and her blog is called "Creating Passionate Users" it's in my blogroll.

If you click on the link of the title you'll go directly to her post.

I posted this partly in snarky humor, partly because it is true. Not only in the blogs but on message boards people get passionate about their beliefs. Sometimes it creates the type of discussion that is good, other times it goes to what she was referring to "the koolaid point"

Considering I've focused on both Kos and Freepers who have their share of koolaid moments, it was a reflection on the syndrome that causes people to react.

As HT pointed out though, that can cause the lack of civil debate when things become too passionate.

When I read it is I went wow, I've seen this I shared it.

Clearer now?


*df* said...

Sure, Lis....

ya wanna buy an opinion?
5 bucks.

"... it was a reflection on the syndrome that causes people to react."

yeah-- people do tend to react to many things. At least those who are reactive people.

There are proactive people, and reactive people.

Proactive people are creative, they can think well in advance for any oncoming situation, and can "make their own luck," if you believe in luck, that is.

Reactive people just react-- and then they'll react again and again and again-- to whatever may be in front of them that particular week.

I can't imagine being a reactive person. Really. Think about it. Living a life, having your emotions based on the fragile balance of whatever wind that may blow your direction-- or not.

Yes-- think about that school district that had those 50 dollar laptops-- THOSE are reactive people. Yes, now they know better because they have 20/20 hindsight. Well, Who Doesn't? What are we talking about here? Rocket Surgery? Long division? Cutting up a frog? No, it was a sale on used computers and now they know better because they're REACTIVE people. And when reactive people are running the show, they will usually react (to their own blunder, mind you) with too many restrictions on every future function.
Because they don't know how to plan ahead. They'll cite their own misgivings to justify their tight restrictions.

Look around folks. It's happening every day and in every form imaginable.

*Special note:
Lis-- I'm guessing you're more of a proactive-type person.

(and thanks for sharing)

*df* said...

*** oh my gawd! I just reacted!***



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