Early cooperative norms

Just ten years after the first electronic computer was built, and two years after the release of IBM’s first mainframe, a collaborative association was formed by which IBM customers could collaborate, called Share. The following is reminiscent of the many the Wikipedia dictates on keeping a humble and open mind:

They asked the originator of each program to assume responsibility for making and distributing prompt corrections. In a statement titled “Share Membership and What It Entails,” adopted in February 1956 at the fourth general meeting (table 2), all representatives were reminded: “The principal obligation of a member is to have a cooperative spirit. It is expected that each member approach each discussion with an open mind, and, having respect for the competence of other members, be willing to accept the opinions of others more frequently than he insists on his own.” (Akera 2001:719)

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