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RE: Why make any discussions private?

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One of the problems with the Listservice is that the subscribers are not in
favor of simplifying the subject posting to make it easier to archive or
filter the messages. This generally means that we receive an average of 30
to 50 messages a day in which we need to take time to delete, organize, save
or reply.
Multiple lists are not intended to be private - only to give the majority of
the List members a choice if they would like to subscribe to other
discussion forums or not be troubled with receiving the information.

The second major point is that many subscribers are on large company
servers. I have received comments that indicates some company who are
unhappy with the amount of email that comes through their offices and would
rather not have their employees taking the time to read through everything.
Still, they acknowledge the importance of much of the information that is

I think it is reasonable (as we did with the Online computer listservice) to
allow the subscriber the choice of information they wish to receive. There
needs to be some compromise to this issue. In my opinion we should allow the
list member the choice of information they wish to receive OR institute a
simplified method of filtering messages by some basic coding of the subject

BTW, this was one of the goals which the SEAOSC board of directors asked of
us which we were unable to comply with. They wanted an easier way to archive
information and opinions on various topics which, as many of you know who
try to search the archives, is difficult to do without some knowledge of the
subject title.

Dennis S. Wish PE

-----Original Message-----
From: GEOHAK(--nospam--at) [mailto:GEOHAK(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, February 29, 2000 3:21 PM
To: Ben.Yousefi(--nospam--at)
Cc: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Why make any discussions private?

Hello everybody,

    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
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!

George Hakim