To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
Subject: re: rec.aquaria.freshwater.plants
From: "David W. Webb" <dwebb at ti_com>
Date: Wed, 13 Mar 1996 16:06:31 -0800
Conversation-Id: <199603130839.DAA06677 at looney_actwin.com>
In-Reply-To: <199603130839.DAA06677 at looney_actwin.com>
> From: Stephen.Pushak at saudan_HAC.COM
I recognize that my opinions here don't mesh well with what others have said,
but I'll try and put my thoughts into context with this questionnaire
> will you be reading the aquatic plant NewsGroup?
> do you figure you'll have the time to read both the newsgroup
> and the list?
Yes, although I'd prefer to get the contents of both in one place.
> 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?
This would be difficult under the current configuration. Some newsgroup
subscribers won't post to both places, and it would require a search in both
locations to determine whether a response message should be posted in both
places. So I guess, No.
> 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'll probably originate many of my threads on the newsgroup, but I plan to
answer questions asked on the digest with the same regularity that I answer on
the newsgroup. I don't currently plan to answer the same question in both
places, though and will probably give preference to wherever I read the
question first. I suspect that many of the experts will wind up reading both,
as long as we keep potential rabble-rousers from polluting the newsgroup with
flames. The rec.aquaria.* newsgroups' general charter will help with this,
>>Flames and other
non-constructive criticism aimed at those seeking help are unwelcome
and should be directed elsewhere (try alt.flame, /dev/null, or shout
at your monitor).<<
> could you get by if we only had the newsgroup?
I could, but I know of others that don't have access to the newsgroup, and I'd
hate to lose them. I'm looking forward to completion of the newsgroup
propagation, and I expect to get a large number of less-frequent users on the
newsgroup (and a lot more newcomer questions). This doesn't bother me, because
when you get down to your specialty, it's kind-of fun to describe to people how
they can make their aquarium "do this, or that".
> would only having the newsgroup actually be kind of nice for you?
I like the newsgroup format for conducting discussions. I think that after the
new hierarchy settles down some, the irritation left over from the re-org
discussions will also subside. I expect the plants newsgroup to present much
the same attitude as the mailing list, and I for one, plan to work to keep the
newsgroup friendly (when necessary). Having said this, I also don't want to
miss the postings of people who don't have access to the newsgroup, and I
suspect that many of them feel the same way about the postings of people who
plan to "base" off of the newsgroup.
So far, I haven't seen many opinions about adding a 2-way gate between the
plants-digest and the newsgroup, although from what I've seen, many people want
the plants-digest to be more of a quiet, low volume format that wouldn't happen
in a two-way gated situation. A one-way gate from the digest to the newsgroup
would be acceptable to me if I could subscribe to the digest as a poster but
not a receiver, and if each posting from the digest were marked as such, so I
could reply to the digest and have it re-posted to the newsgroup. I can see
this arrangement as a bit confusing to newcomers, though.
> would you change your mind if the APD continues to double in
> volume at the current rate?
I think that the APD was a bit sparse for the first few weeks and has now grown
to anything but sparse. I will continue to read and post to it as long as it
exists, although I've stated my preference for an extra access medium above
(2-way gate between the list and the newsgroup).
David W. Webb
Enterprise Computing Provisioning
Texas Instruments Inc. Dallas, TX USA
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