Why make any discussion private? Shouldn't all information be available
to all? What is the point of having private discussions on this listserver;
it seems that it will defeat the very purpose of this medium.
I can anticipate a reply to the effect that some may not be interested in
certain topics; well, I can, with some confidence, say that not all
discussions on this board can interest everybody. And it shouldn't. It is
not supposed to. At least we, and all others, get to choose what is
interesting to us, individually.
Let the members themselves decide what is interesting to them. I am a
firm believer that information should freely flow, and it is up to each
member to pick as he/she chooses.
For instance, in the discussions on standard of care, shouldn't all
viewers/members of this board be allowed to gain the benefit of these
discussions, and not just the vocal members who dare to post their thoughts?
Does anyone disagree that this and similar discussions will help improve the
overall competence, awareness, and skills of all members? Is that not at
least one reason for this board?
Keep the information flow public.
Just a thought!