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Posted on 08 Mar 2013 03:41

I belong on to Stuy's so-called "CS Family", a community of Stuy Computer Science Alumni.

It exists as the brainchild of the head of the CS Department at Stuy, and I think it's a great example of a Discourse Community, especially according to Swales' definition of a discourse community.

It has a clear goal, as stated on it's website. It provides opportunities for Stuy CS Alums to network and socialize, and to support the current CS program at Stuy. Obviously, we all care about CS (to the point of ridiculousness).

The mailing list is the primary means of communication, as it allows members to converse towards our mutual aim. We do this by emailing job listings, intership opportunities, interview tips and more to the entire group. As a result, the general lexis very specific to Computer Science.

In general, it is a very closed group, so it is composed entirely of insiders. Of course, the documents produced by this community are mostly directed towards insiders, but there are some documents (like the website, and some of the blogs maintained by members) which are specifically aimed at outsiders.

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