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It is helpful to distinguish between free-flow information exchanges and those that are conducted with a specific end-purpose in mind.

In a free-flow online exchange, there is no predetermined topic sentence or logical categorization until after the discussion unfolds. This can sometimes be exciting, but more frequently, free-flow exchange leads to frustration as many questions and statements go unanswered. Following some simple guidelines can improve the quality of free-flow exchange.

Protocol-based exchange provides an alternative to free-flow discussions.
This type of online conversation occurs for a limited amount of time, with a
predetermined purpose and a set of protocols in place that will maintain a focus
on the stated purpose. Protocol-based exchanges are particularly important for new collaborations as they reduce a lot of the personal anxiety that comes from a lack of timely response and other such factors found more frequently in a free-flow exchange.
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