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Seaintonln(--nospam--at)aol.com wrote:
> 
> The major concern by most is the flooding of this list with unnecessary posts
> related to affirmation or rejection of opinions. I admit that this is a valid
> point but am at odds for what is sufficient to draw out the masses to
> participate in an opinion poll. We have posted opinion polls on the Website,
> but I don't believe that there were sufficient participation.
> 
> Maybe the answer is to do nothing but then I don't see much value to the
> goals of this list other than to discuss How To's. IMHO, I believe that if we
> do nothing we have no right to critisize what we feel is wrong with our
> profession.
> 
> Some have written to me to accuse me of bad mouthing the fine work of our
> professional organizations. Personally, I think that I care enough about our
> profession to recognize the imperfections and want to change them for the
> better. In almost every discussion we have had that I participated in on this
> list - I remember backing off on my position when the majority convinced me
> that I was wrong.
> Why is it wrong for SEA or any other organization to accept and heed
> constructive critisim from the members of the profession who wish to improve
> the organizations?
> 
> Possibly, we should have a poll for all long threads that result in some
> controversy. Maybe it is best to place the poll on the website - but I would
> be adamantly in favor of riding the backs of the Lurkers to post their vote
> in the opinion poll. At least this would reduce the amount of unwanted
> posting to the list and accomplish the goals of seeking the opinions of the
> masses.
> 
> Dennis
> 
> In a message dated 6/14/99 8:08:28 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
> dee(--nospam--at)adamsmithinc.com writes:
> 
> << Dennis:
>  I carefully read all of the messages that come up on the list and find much
>  information and interest on the list.  I have posted a couple of questions
>  and responses to various discussion threads, but would not consider myself a
>  "regular".  On the other hand, if all 15000 members regularly posted
>  comments on each subject, I would have a very difficult time reading through
>  them.  I find that most of the members post a message because they have
>  something to add (generally) to the discussion.  Just posting something to
>  get the numbers up would only water down the valuable nature of the
>  discussion.  There are many good Engineers who participate in the field and
>  may not voice an opinion except that they build their opinions in steel,
>  concrete, wood and other materials every day. >>
> 
Setup polling locations at similar, but different email addresses.  If
the polling is either yes/no, then setup two addresses: 
question1234yes(--nospam--at)xxxxx.org and question1234no(--nospam--at)xxxxx.org