What HCIers talk aboutThe scene: A smoky bar around 1:00am on a Friday. The people: A bunch of HCI grad students. A question is posed: "Is is appropriate to ask someone out over email?"
Most nod. Rationale: Of course in this technologically enlightened age it's totally fine to approach someone in the face-saving medium of email. Oh, but one person vehemently disagreed. Perhaps he's more of a gentleman than the rest of us, but perhaps he's just crazy.
Not content to leave it at that, the HCIers decided only one venue could settle the argument: SurveyMonkey. But then, they couldn't agree on the way the question should be phrased (do we need a Likert scale?), so the survey never went up.
So, if you are in an incipient relationship with someone in HCI with ambiguous computer-mediated communication, well, now you know why.