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Re: Why NOT join the AKA?
Let me comment on this thread because others like it have sometimes degenerated into unpleasant exchanges.
I do not keep any record of how many subscribers to killietalk are AKA members, although I know a lot are. One of my goals in setting it up originally was to provide an avenue of help for newcomers to the killie hobby. I had tried a bulletin board type setup on the web site, but the number of people who could respond was limited, and I thought that exposure to a wider body of expertise would be useful. In my opinion, that has worked out well. It was my hope that the realization that (a) these are really neat fish and (2) that most of the people in the hobby and the AKA are really helpful and welcoming folks, would entice newcomers to join the AKA. Nobody can expect that to be 100%, but the information I get with most new members who sign up online indicates that about one third of them hear about the AKA online. Perhaps I should add a question about their use of killietalk before joining.
Having said that, there is no obligation to join the AKA if you use killietalk. We (the members) should all hope that we project an image that encourages newcomers to join the AKA. That is why I am concerned that these discussion remain positive and constructive.
> > > It IS directed towards people who participate (reading and/or
>> > this list for several months. People that refuse to join the AKA even
>> > though they know they are using a service of the AKA
>I wonder how many people there actually are in this group. My sense is that
>it's relatively small. I suppose (incorrectly?) that most of the folks
>who've been subscribers to killietalk for more than 4months are AKA members.
>Could be wrong about that though.
>See http://www.aka.org/AKA/subkillietalk.html to unsubscribe
Barry J. Cooper
Department of Biomedical Sciences Home address:
College of Veterinary Medicine 27505 Riggs Hill Rd.
Cornell University Sweet Home, OR 97386
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