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Re: "Commercial" presence (was APD V4 #127

Hello Dave,

I don't know what the big ado is about!

Knowing where one can get what is part of one's hobby, part of the
"expertise". Experienced aquarists know it, but where does a neophyte
learn it, if not from a list like this? Yes, I know -- apprenticeship --
but did it not go out with the horse & buggy?

I have never ordered from anybody on this list but, should I need
something that is being offered, I know where to go. That is valuable
knowledge of itself, part of being a hobbyist. So, why should I be
deprived of the opportunity to keep my knowledge current?

All the offers that I have seen on this list (and on several others I am
on) have been unobtrusive, intended to be helpful and not, really,

To those that bother to help others -- even if they make a buck or two
doing it -- keep up the good work, the hobby needs you!



> Date: Tue, 29 Feb 2000 16:25:47 -080
> From: Dave Gomberg <gomberg at wcf_com>
> Subject: Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #126
> At 03:48 PM 2/29/2000 -0500, Sherman Lovell asked:
> >When someone posts to the list with a specific, individual problem, the
> response
> >to which is of less than general interest [asking for a source of KNO3 or
> Jobe's Spikes
> >in Seattle, for example], could you please just e-mail them directly
> >with your offer of assistance?  I think that this would improve the
> >signal-to-noise ratio on the list.
> I would really like to hear the list's input on this (notice that I changed
> the example and used square brackets to show that).  Does your LFS have the
> planted tank supplies you need?  I am very lucky, I have a great LFS, but
> it doesn't have most of what I need.
> How do you all feel?
> - --
> Dave Gomberg, San Francisco            mailto:gomberg at wcf_com
> Jobe's Fern and Palm Spikes FREE        http://www.wcf.com/pam