>will you be reading the aquatic plant NewsGroup?

My initial perusals of the newsgroup have discouraged me. There is so much 
congeniality on the APD, and posts are on-subject. That does not seem to be 
the case in the newsgroup. I've seen nasty remarks which have no place in 
civilized society posted there; political discussions, not really related to 
aquatic plants; and other junk.
>do you figure you'll have the time to read both the newsgroup
and the list?

I greatly prefer the list as it is much more accessible to me and takes far 
less time to read.

>would you promise to update the newsgroup with the valuable
contributions that you make here on the APD for those who
might feel they cannot afford the time to read both?

I would do so (though I have _learned_ much more than I have contributed!).

>do you plan to post questions to both the newsgroup and to
the APD list just so you can be sure to reach the people who are
going to be exclusive to one or the other?

I will watch to see who is where. I need more experience with this setup 
before deciding. Again, the APD is more convenient for me. 
could you get by if we only had the newsgroup?

>would only having the newsgroup actually be kind of nice for you?

Definitely not.

>would you change your mind if the APD continues to double in
volume at the current rate?

Well, I guess I would deal with that when necessary. I can always file away 
the APD and read it when I have time. I don't know how that will work on the 
newsgroup (how long do posts hang around, etc.).

I thank you for your interest and for seeking the opinions of others! This 
friendly, personal, congenial, knowledgable, prompt, devoted hobbyist group 
has been a paradigm of what is great about the net and I would love to see it 
continue. The atmosphere in the newsgroup, so far, is really much different 
and not nearly as pleasant.

Christine, in Palo Alto with the sun shining on the daffodils