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Re: A little politicking, was Boat Stoves Exchange

Bob Spencer wrote:

> >It was great to see the majordomo list come to life after a long
> >semi-dormancy.
> Chuck, as a new member, I've been surprised how little conversation takes
> place on the list. A mailing list is such a marvelous way to exchange
> information helpful to all, and it seems a shame that doesn't happen more
> on SJ23 list.
> I found out right away that when I asked a question on the list, almost all
> responses came to me alone, not to the list. I've received a lot of good
> information about a variety of subjects since joining, and it has been most
> helpful. My thanks to all. However, most all that good information has been
> for my eyes, only, and hasn't been shared by the membership. That's too
> bad, IMHO.
> I haven't been here long enough to be making suggestions, but I'm going to
> do it, anyway. It seems important. If the preferences for the list were
> changed so that simply selecting "Reply" would return a message to the
> list, instead of just to the person who posted, then all would have access
> to the information, and the conversation level of the list would be raised.
> The members could still respond to the poster by private mail, if they did
> not wish to discuss the topic with the group.
> People will usually take the path of least resistance, least effort. With
> "Reply" set as it is, they will use it, even though they would rather talk
> to the group at large. They do that because it's easier, and, as some have
> told me, because they don't know how to do it otherwise.
> Maybe the preferences are intentionally set as they are so that the level
> of conversation will stay low. That's fair, and if the group likes it that
> way, the preferences should not be changed. Personally, I vote to make the
> change and see what happens for a month. If it turns into too much of a
> chat room, they can always be changed back.
> Bob the Brash
> Sail #619
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I agree.  The more info that is exchanged the better it is for us all.


Bob Schimmel
Spruce Grove, Alberta

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