Re: Scouts-L (multiple postings)
Leslie D. Fife (ldfife@BACHMAN.CS.OU.EDU)
Fri, 30 Aug 1996 11:20:50 -0500
I have read with some amusement Mike's multiple posts about why
multiple posting isn't a problem. I remember reading the
original post that started this thread, but don't recall who it
The original poster had a very valid point, and as one who agrees,
I would like to chime in - but only once on this topic.
1. Yes we could someday increase our daily limit to more than 50.
In my opinion, that would do more harm than good. We will lose
folks. Even 20-30 posts is a large number for many people,
75-100 would move us into the noise category.
2. Yes it is true that any post will eventually make it to the
list. However, let's think about this. Last time I posted,
there were about 600 people on the list (+ DIGEST FOLKS?).
If everyone sent 1 (one) message in a day, it would be nearly
2 weeks before one days messages all made it out.
But really, it is even worse than that. If five people
each send 5 posts a day (questions, responsive replies, friendly
chit cat, whatever) then the remaining 595 share the remaining
25 posts a day. This is about 24 days of posts at the current
fifty a day limit, and that is only one post from everyone
on one day.
3. So, it is clear (to me anyway) that this is a limited resource.
Too many posts limit the usefulness of the resource. While
friendly messages and chit chat are nice, if they get in the
way or make or make the list unusable for a large number of
list members, perhaps the guilty should rethink the manner and
frequency with which they post.
I know I will. In keeping with that pledge, I choose not to
respond the flurry of "it's not me", "you don't understand",
"you're a jerk" and similar posts that may be spawned by this.
I care nothing for your justifications and explanations. Some
are being greedy and selfish in the way that they use this list.
If the shoe fits...
Norman, OK. I used to be a beaver...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City