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From: Jeffery G Scism <>
Subject: Re: GERMAN-CANADIAN list
Date: Sat, 3 Feb 2001 07:23:13 -0800
I agree with Val, each list has it's own personality, I too shut down a
list and got ramrodded for it, I reopened it, and now it still is almost
no traffic, BUT when someone joins, there are the archives, and the
postings they make.
The list is "Better" for the fact that it is "available". I run 10
lists, but only two are "High traffic" One I post to about 20 times a
day, th other has a large group of researchers with resources I don't
have available. They have a different strategy, one I am inputtingdata
for record, the other is exchanging actively.
I found that since I had provided a large amount of information in one
chunk, that the others would collect from my file and not send in the
updated lines and corrections. I reduced tha access to my files and now
traffic is more two way.
It is a question of leadership, and shutting down the list destroys the
rapport you HAD with your members. They have just as much "right" to
expect the list to be there for monitoring, as youdo to expect others to
post their lines.
The members do NOT work for you, and do NOT have to participate, the
list availability is a fact established, and if you do not wish it to
continue as a managed by you resource thwen someone else will run it,
with or without your input.
Rootsweb explained it to me, just because I have the voluntary
responsibility to manage the list, doesn't mean I have a right to make
subscription decisions for the daily subscribers, who do not Disrupt
You as list manager disrupted it. (As I did) and now the recovery will be
slower than it was.
On Sat, 03 Feb 2001 02:33:18 -0800 Valorie Zimmerman
> John Merz wrote:
> > Valerie, one more thing,
> > You wrote "What you cannot do, is simply unsub them for no reason
> > whatsoever".
> > I had an excellent reason to unsub them - NON-PARTICIPATION !!
> > Not doing their share - for me a good reason.
> > John Merz
> You know, I have heard of one list (*not* here at Rootsweb) where
> participation was required. If the members didn't contribute at
> every other day, they were gone.... Of course, the list didn't last
> long. You said that 75% of the posts were yours -- that means that
> were from your subscribers. You posted a LOT. How about trying to
> LESS, and see if your subscribers get up the guts to finally post?
> You may be flooding them with too much information, too much
> participation, too much, period. Do you know that some owners of
> *successful* lists rarely post at all? Styles of listowning vary as
> as the listowners and the subscribers do. I think styles HAVE to
> with the list, sometimes, if they are to be successful.
Jeff Scism, Flockmaster, IBSSG
Gold Doubloons, don't search the past without them,
Because the 15th century doesn't take American Express.
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