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OPINION:
People who contribute "me too" or "ditto" are agreeing with what one has
authored.  Therefore you have a consensus or a poll.  
People who contribute "enough, stop it" aren't really contributing at all.
These aren't the same.


> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Bart Kemper, P.E. (http://www.bigdogz.com/bart)
> [SMTP:bkemper(--nospam--at)bigdogz.com]
> Sent:	Tuesday, August 08, 2000 7:29 PM
> To:	seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject:	Hit "Delete", not "reply"
> 
> 
> Several people have written:
> > 
> > Okay, already!
> > 
> > Let's drop this, shall we? It's not productive for anyone, is it really?
> > 
> > Sheesh!
> > 
> ...or words to this effect.
> 
> This is why we have "Subject" on top of our emails.  If there is a
> thread you don't like, then don't read it.  Delete it as soon as it
> shows up.  Obviously, this is important to some people or it wouldn't
> keep showing up.  If its NOT important to you, quit stirring the pot. 
> 
> Actually, early on in the "offshore design" thread, I was intrigued by
> the idea of shopping out work to qualified people elswhere, which was
> why I read it.  It *HAS* changed my mind about the issue, and has been
> valuable in that respect because I learned the attitudes of several of
> those on the other end of the solicitation.
> 
> People jumping in with "enough, stop it" isn't any better than those
> who's only contribution to a discussion is "me too" or "ditto."
> 
> We all don't do the same type of work, we all don't live in earthquake
> areas, we all don't even live in the same hemisphere, so we don't all
> care about each and every topic that comes up on this list.  If a person
> can weed out  email for various technical topics, why are they suddenly
> inable to stop staring at a wreck and not get into a dogfight.  
> 
> As to what's a fair topic....an awful lot of ink is written in many
> countries about the challenges and procedures for international
> engineering, outsourcing, responsible actions, due care, licensing,
> etc., so it boggles my mind that suddenly that very real aspect of our
> profession is "off topic."
> 
> And if all of this is nonsense to you, there's that delete button. <grin>
> 
> Personally, I'd rather hash out effective ways to model concrete/rebar
> design in cyclic tension/compression than deal with silly nationalistic
> chest beating....save that for the Olympics. <grin>
> 
> Bart Kemper, P.E.
> down in the swamps of Louisiana
> 
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