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From: Irene Macleod <>
Subject: Re: [LO] Suggestions
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2010 12:25:24 +0100
References: <><049353458E1F439FBC579ED15A2F091D@HP> <><1DBD80F9CAB6453DA0A4907930561804@HP>
In-Reply-To: <1DBD80F9CAB6453DA0A4907930561804@HP>

I think we want to get this into perspective. Genealogy is a hobby's
not the search for the Holy Grail. Spam is a nuisance, not the end of the
world ...if you can't handle it then it's time to disconnect. And listowners're there to help your subscribers to contact each other're not
there to make rules and regulations or police your subscribers' postings
because they don't agree with your rules. Keep in mind you are all self
appointed ...petty regulation will make your subscribers vote with their
feet.... and, more importantly, may discourage newbies from pursuing their


On 2 March 2010 11:10, Diana Gale Matthiesen <> wrote:

> Most people don't like SPAM (unsolicited email), and most of us go to
> considerable efforts to avoid receiving it. When a person subscribes to a
> mailing list, they're letting their barriers down and opening themselves up
> to
> whatever comes across the list. It's an act of considerable trust, and
> they're
> willing to do so because there's a tacit agreement -- a cardinal rule --
> that
> subscribers to the list will confine their messages to the topic of the
> list.
> If what comes though the list is chronically off topic for the list, both
> the
> posters and the listadmin are guilty of betraying the trust of the list's
> subscribers, and I've left more than a few lists for that reason. Letting
> a few
> Chatty Cathy's dominate a list may make the list appear busy, but the
> number of
> subscribers is likely diminishing, which means the amount of substantive
> information changing hands is probably going down, not up.
> If you find the topic of a list boring, the solution is for you to unsub
> from
> list, not go off topic.
> Diana
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Billie Erin Walsh
> > Sent: Monday, March 01, 2010 12:54 PM
> > To: Diana Gale Matthiesen
> > Subject: Re: [LO] Suggestions
> >
> > I'm on a ton of lists, and have a couple as admin. From past
> > experience it seems that the "chatty" lists seem to get more
> > actual genealogy done. The "name, date, serial number" lists
> > are just plain boring, IF there is ever a post to read.
> >
> > Diana Gale Matthiesen wrote:
> > > I'm with Joan. If there is a #1 rule of mailing lists,
> > > it's that you stay on topic. Off-topic messages amount
> > > to "unsolicited email."
> > >
> > > Diana
> > >
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