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From: Jerry And Sandy Childs <>
Subject: Re: [IOWA] FEEDBACK
Date: Tue, 06 Feb 2001 19:07:50 -0800
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I've been on the list for a couple of months now so I can see the
difference. Frankly, I miss the "old" way because in seeing the responses to
the inquiries, I learned alot. Further, seeing the response also seemed to
encourage others on the list to tell how they would approach the dilemma and
that too was invaluable. Sharing experiences in solving research problems
is good. This list seems awfully dull now and not as "helpful" - although
it really still is --but we can't see the others doing the helping (i.e.
responding to the queries). For what its worth, that's my 2 cents. Sandy

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Sent: Tuesday, February 06, 2001 11:32 AM

> Dear Listmembers:
> On January 15, I changed the format of the IOWA list from "reply to list"
> "reply to sender" in order to reduce the quantity of messages each day to
> more manageable number for most people.
> It certainly worked! Although January's message total was high (729)
> of heavy posting during the first half of the month, on the first 5 days
> February only 30 messages were posted to the list. At this rate monthly
> activity will be about 180 messages.
> Here's what the last six months looked like:
> August 2000 612 messages
> September 2000 1078 messages
> October 2000 648 messages
> November 2000 614 messages
> December 2000 616 messages
> January 2001 729 messages
> A lot of the messages we don't see anymore are "thank you" and "me, too"
> messages which aren't essential and probably should be sent as private
> (especially on a list this size). We are seeing lots of questions, but
> few answers posted and often an answer to an unrelated question provides
> valuable hints. The personality of the list seems very different.
> What do you think? Do you like the list better this way or the old way.
> we found a workable answer or dowe need to keep looking. I'd appreciate
> feedback.
> Richard Harrison
> Listowner
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