E. C. HALE (ARTHALE@EKU.BITNET)
Mon, 22 Nov 1993 09:41:38 -0500
Godd morning Scouters,
I would like to comment on the needless use of bandwidth that
seems endemic on this list. I would like to start by saying that I agree
with the basics of the comments made by Ben Hall, Jim Sleezer, Gina Gestautas,
Scott Begin and Ben Parker. Many of us have restricted accounts and would
appreciate concise messages. The necessity for informational signature files
due to stripped headers is obvious. Further, the need to quote in reply is
(I've checked with EKU's system managers on this)
Every character sent takes up bandwidth. (Nota bene, I'm not picking on
Mike Walton - it's just that his signature line is well known.) Therefore,
items like Mike's coffee cup don't just "take up space", they use bandwidth.
I suggest that borders (e.g. -=-=-=-=), other decorative elements,
and unnecessary information (e.g. Major . . . among other endearing terms)
be avoided. Stick to name, primary or pertinent scouting position, addresses
(e-mail and other), and 'phone numbers.
IMO, when it comes to "quote-in-reply" messages, it is rarely
necessary to quote over a line or two from the original message. The readers
of this list aren't dense and, apparently, have excellent memories!
As has been stated before, entirely too many messages addressed to
the list are really meant for only one person and should be sent privately.
I'm referring here to the "welcome" messages and the answers to very specific
queries that are not of general interest. (Caveat: when in doubt, post it to
the list - someone besides the questioner may want to know.)
Finally, (low flame) I, and several others who read this list, are
not impressed by the self-congratulatory, "puff", messages of the type that
usually run somewhat in the following manner; "my troop/pack went hiking/
caamping/attended PowWow/etc. and we (long list of things) - (implied) aren't
I/we wonderful?! I, and the others, understand that some of these messages
are exemplary. Many are not. If your desire is to be "puffed", send the
message to youself and save SCOUTS-L bandwidth. (turn burner off)
Please note that I have modified my signature line to use abbreviations
where formerly I used complete words. I'm taking my own medicine.
Carroll Hale (SM T-118) ST. MARK RICHMOND, KY.
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