scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: WHY 'reply off line' ??
Jim Miller Jr. (jmillerjr@LSFCU.ORG
Thu Aug 17 2000 - 08:34:22 CDT
The best one-word answer for this question is...
Remember, there are over 3000 people on Scouts-L. If everyone answers to the
list, one conversation begins to dominate the list for days. With a 50
message per day limit, we have ended up in multi-day backups before.
The way it should work is that when a member poses a question to the list,
replies should be handled off the list. It is then the responsibility of the
person who asked the question to compile their answers into a single email
back to the entire list so that all may share in the knowledge gained. Some
people have even gone as far as to publish entire web pages of answers
received from a Scouts-L question.
This becomes especially important on questions with simple answers like "Can
Venturers wear the tan Scout shirt with green shoulder loops?" I'm sure most
of us don't need to see more than one message that confirms that the current
Uniform Insignia Guide states that they cannot.
This is only a guideline. There are plenty of things that are appropriate to
be answered on the list itself. It's a judgment call as to whether or not a
particular answer may be appropriate. Yes and no answers have no place
taking up message space, and the same applies for me-too messages. Those
with particular insights into an area should post to the entire list.
Those who ask a question are bound to learn a lot from the answers they
receive, online and off-line. We all have a responsibility to share that
knowledge, so please remember to provide all of us with a summary of what
you learned. After all, sharing knowledge is the entire point of Scouts-L.
James J. Miller, Jr. Meechgalhukquot
Assistant Scoutmaster-Troop 5, Kearny, NJ "Redheaded One"
Eagle-1988 Vigil-1994 I used to be a Bobwhite(NE-II-76)
District Vice Chairman - Venturing, Hudson Liberty District
Northern New Jersey Council, BSA