2.4 Front porch rules apply
[What does "Front Porch Rules" mean?]
The BBQ List is a loose-structured, tight-knit group of folks from all
over the world who have adopted a casual 'front porch get-together' climate for
discussions. If you've never participated in a front porch meeting before, here's the way
it usually works. Generally, at the start, serious topics are discussed in depth and at
length with many varying opinions, pro and con, thrown out for whatever they are worth.
For us the topics involve what and how to barbecue (and all that goes with it).
As time wears on, jokes and bull sessions are injected and other topics
gradually creep into the discussions, displacing the primary topics. Some folks who are
not interested in the off topic exchanges, may decide to take care of some other business
for a while. Hopefully most of them gradually return. Occasional lulls in the conversation
occur. Some folks get busy or stop to ponder, or maybe even sulk, then all of a sudden,
the discussion fires back up to a "Del key" numbing pace before once again
returning to issues focusing around the primary topic. The cycle continues into the wee
hours of the night, again and again and again. Along the way, somehow we manage to talk a
lot about barbecue.
With any front porch gathering, there's always assorted types of folks
from 'very verbal' to 'quiet and reserved', and so it is with the BBQ List. Some posters
you like, some you respect, some you tolerate, some you wish would go away and some you
hardly even know are there. The single most important thing gluing the front porch session
together is that everybody stepping up on the porch is there because they have something
in common and want to be there. Listening, learning, participating and tolerating who and
what you don't like is what it's all about. These are the things that make the front porch
meeting work. So, come on up and grab a chair.