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Subject: Quiet lists
From: bill @ biome . bio . dfo . ca (Bill Silvert)
Date: Fri, 10 May 1996 11:08:53 -0300 (ADT)
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From: Sandra Hollin Flowers <flowers_s @
 Mercer .

> First, one of my lists has, as I say, fallen completely silent. 

I'm sure many of us are used to this, but I might point out to Sandra
that it is a common "problem". In fact, I've had a couple of lists where
there was such a flurry of activity that everyone started screaming for
digests or some other solution, and then after I went to the trouble of
setting up digests or other alternative lists, the traffic fell to one
message a week or less! To top it off, a couple of people on one list
complained that weekly digests weren't up-to-date, they wanted daily
digests, even though there was almost never more than one message per day.

I write "problem" in quotes because I think that the Golden Rule of
mailing list membership is, "If you don't have anything to say, 
don't say it."

Bill Silvert, Habitat Ecology Section, Bedford Institute of Oceanography,
P. O. Box 1006, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CANADA B2Y 4A2, Tel. (902)426-1577
HED runs a WWW server at URL=      Fax  (902)426-7827

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