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From: Tim Stowell <>
Subject: Re: [LO] Changing list culture
Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2007 06:24:28 -0400
At 08:02 AM 7/20/07 -0400, bob gillis wrote:
>Lauren Boyd wrote:
>> However, to discuss in the generic, we are told as listowners that we are
>> not to change the topic/culture of the list.>
>One list that I belong to, one of the old community lists, that has many
>subscribers and has continued got a new list owner last year.
What is a community list?
>She asked and was told by the Help Desk that any query on the list
>should have a genealogy connection or relationship. She changed the
>list description to add this restriction.
As long as it has something to do with (in the case of a geographical
location list) the area of subject whether it be genealogy or history
of the area including among other things customs of the populace, culture,
education anything that may provide someone with a clue in their research,
I pretty much let folks talk about it without bothering them.
As others have said, I've had to step in very few times to ask folks to
hop back on subject. I give leeway for folks posting holiday greetings
for many of the lists are like a neighborhood of people chatting or living
down memory lane.
Often down memory lane folks say - do you remember thus and so, which may
toss in a name, upon which most likely some will seize the chance to ask,
hey is that person related to so and so from my line and then those folks
can explore the paths that may lie between them.
However, I too have seen lists so restrictive one feels they are tightrope
walking regarding what they post - and so I post very rarely to such lists,
preferring, as others have said, to find a less restrictive avenue in which
to post. It's kinda sad when folks are not allowed to share.