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This list does tend toward a moderately poor signal-to-noise ratio at times.
That's a fairly natural phenomenon of lightly-moderated e-mail lists, I
think. Usenet newsgroups are often far worse. I finally just gave up on the
rec.aquaria.* groups, for that reason. They were *too* fragmented (and full
I notice the same thing on the photography lists/groups I have used. If you
want to see truly massive drivel (16K messages there, today), just try
OTOH, there's a genteel forum about my Sony Cybershot and similar (Canon)
cameras that is very different from the annoying Yahoo Cybershot mail list.
It is at http://www.cyber-shot.org/index.html, and has some features that
are strikingly similar to what we need/like for killifish discussions and
trading -- particularly pictures without bandwidth overload as happens on a
Pictures can be actively shown on line, from links, and the default threaded
organization with "NEW" postings noted in red helps keep discussions in
context. I have pretty swift web access, so slow loading may not be as
perceptible to me as it would be for some. YMMV.
Dividing it into special interest areas has kept the notes surprisingly
on-topic or easy to skim for just what you want.
The messages are inherently posted in HTML, so all regular HTML features
work alike on all web browsers, unlike what happens when MIME or HTML get
mangled through a eunuchs server and/or a digest digester. [You *knew* there
was a reason for calling them that, didn't you? :-) Charley thought it was
just to upset *his* digestion!]
Anyway, those interested in how new media behave, might want to go sign on,
browse, sign off, and then revisit it a few times as one would a killy
forum. Let me know what you think of something like this as a potential
communication tool for those of us who generally detest "chat rooms," etc.
Wright Huntley, Fremont CA, USA, 510 494-8679 wright at killi dot net
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