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I won't say that starting a forum is not an alternative. From my experience, 
the steam dies down very quickly and unless messages are delived to your 
mailbox, most tend to become disinterested in message forums very quickly. 
Case in point are the message forums that were created for SEA committees - 
my Virtual Committee included. There was a great deal of interest at the 
start. Over time the interest waned (mine included).
In my opiinion, it is simply too much bother for an engineer to voluntarily 
long on each day or week to a message forum. I think the sucess of a list is 
predicated on bringing the information directly to your home or office.


In a message dated 6/14/99 10:09:26 AM Pacific Daylight Time, 
eqretrodr(--nospam--at) writes:

<< Dennis and the list,
 In addition to creating a survey at the web site to cover specific topics
 that we as engineers should take a stand on for change, a web based message
 board could also be created.  While I don't support it's creation as a
 replacement to the list, it would provide a tool for everyone who cares to
 express an opinion on a particular "issue of change" to freely do so and
 those opinions are duly recorded for other viewers and can be easily
 formatted to present to the powers to be on any given issue.  This would
 provide for the opportunity to show support without flooding the list with
 "me too" responses.  An index page could be created that would link to the
 various topics that we as a community want to be heard on.  
 If discussion on a topic on the list appears that it is becoming something
 we as engineers want changed, it can easily be moved to the message board
 with an appropriate announcement.  This should be done with the commitment
 that depending on the consensus of the group, the discussions and opinions
 will be forwarded in an effort to make change.  This would require someone
 committed to the issue enough to follow through.  If the follow through is
 not there, then the efforts of everyone are a waste of our valuable time.
 I have been a subscriber to this list for several years, and provide little
 input.  But I like the ability to raise questions that my peers can respond
 to that help me in my day to day business.  Discussions about code
 interpretations and implementation, diaphragm deflections, and the like are
 how I stay current with the thinkings of other engineers while still
 running a one man operation.  I don't want to see the volume increase with
 a number of "amens" that don't contribute to the discussion.  A discussion
 of the issues is just that, a discussion with views and opinions.... "Me
 too"s are votes.  Keep the votes to another forum such as a survey or web
 based message board and leave the list for quality substance not quantity.
 Steve Privett