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Re: private or list conversations?
Prior postings brought up some good points, not the least of which is
the educational value of general interest subjects. Personally, I
generally reply to the list if I think that others will benefit from the
discussion and switch to private mode when it becomes more of a one on
one discussion. For instance, a general list posting might be
announcing that I have X number of a particular species I want to trade.
Replies on shipping arrangements should be private, unless you feel an
urgent need to share the details for some reason, such as a new
overnight/second day air shipper to be used for the shipment, which
everyone might be interested in knowing about.
I have noted that some people get overwhelmed by the volume of
discussion list traffic and drop off, which is unfortunate, as we lose
their participation. Here on Hotmail, I subscribe to the NFC and
livebearer lists and sometimes am shocked by the volume of mail which I
have to wade through. If it accumulates, then no new messages can be
accepted, so I might miss something important because my mailbox is
full. Keep in mind that others may be affected by this also, so think
about whether an email is truly a general interest item before posting
it to the entire list.
A good rule of thumb would be post to the general list if you want lots
of feedback and/or have something that others would be interested in but
post privately for one-on-one discussions.
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>I think Chuck has a good point.
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