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This is a crude proposed taxonomy of Shimer-related events and ideal response patterns.

Level 0: Peripheral eventsEdit

Events, discoveries, developments, proposals of limited interest.

Examples: interesting new document on archive.org, new book published by Shimer alum or faculty,

Spreading the word:

  1. Specific interest groups, e.g. historical findings to the Unauthorized Historical Society, book publications to LibraryThing and Goodreads groups, photo collections to Flickr group.
  2. Possible inclusion in social/microblog feeds

Level 1: Events of general or major interestEdit

Examples: Commencement, Assembly meetings, Firesides, other official Shimer events; news articles touching on Shimer; general fundraising drives

Spreading the word:

  1. Post on community blogs and FB pages
  2. Microblog posts:
    1. Post on Twitter with #shimercollege tag -- should be picked up by @shimerians
    2. Post on Tumblr with "shimer college" tag -- should be picked up by Shimeriana
  3. Aggressive circulation within Facebook
  4. Post on any especially relevant special-purpose groups

Level 2: Seriously major eventsEdit

Your basic "Fear! Fire! Foes!" events, posing a direct and immediate existential threat.

Examples: crises of 1956, 1966, 1973, 1977, 1990, 2009.

Spreading the word:

  1. Notices on every Shimer-related board/group/account everywhere
  2. In-person calling/email campaign
  3. Advertising if applicable


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