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Bill Polhemus brings always out to light interesting subjects like his
disheartening about the recent developing of matters of our list. I, as
foreigner, follow the correspondence sometimes with some problems due to
the language especially due to the particular words used in USA
concerning materials, methods and names; however I would never leave the
list no matter the large number of people who intervenes. I think it
would a much better thing for the understanding   of problems if it
could be possible to include graphics. Drawing is a universal language
and the list would become more interesting thing to follow.
Greetings, L. Zapata. Lima, Peru

-----Mensaje original-----
De: Daryl Richardson [mailto:h.d.richardson(--nospam--at)shaw.ca]
Enviado el: Martes, 26 de Febrero de 2002 09:20 p.m.
Para: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Asunto: Re: SEAINT List Server Becoming Less Functional?


Bill Polhemus wrote:
>
> Please excuse what I hope will be seen as constructive criticism, but
I have
> noticed something that I find disheartening.
>
> If this were only my own experience, I'd just shrug it off, but I have
> noticed signs that others are seeing the same thing I am, and I wonder
what
> you all think is happening.
>
> >From the time I first s*bscribed to SEAINT (back when it was still
called
> SEAOC), it has been one of the MOST useful reference tools at my
disposal,
> because the people participating on the list represent a cross section
of
> structural engineering expertise from the very experienced to the
youthfully
> inquisitive. I have found over that time that there was literally no
problem
> that had me stumped, that some one or several people participating on
this
> list couldn't help with. I have to say with all candor that the "bang
for
> the buck" ratio has been tremendous, so much so that I decided to
"give
> back" by joining my local SEA chapter.
>
> However, in the last six months or so I've noticed that when I post a
> question or problem to the list, I now can only count on getting a
response
> MAYBE 50% of the time. And I do not think that it is because my
questions
> have been of any different nature than previously.
>
> As I said, it would be one thing if I thought it was only me, but
> increasingly I see posts to the list with the comment "I posted this
> question earlier and got no response, so I'm trying again." Recent
examples
> of this would include the threads titled "REPOST: Steel Lintel Bearing
on
> Masonry" and "Repost: Flat-plate structure - sway analysis". There
have been
> others, many others.
>
> Now, I'm not saying that ALL my post aren't being responded to. I am
still
> getting a lot of great info, but there have been a few instances, such
as
> the message I posted this morning wanting opinions regarding the
> responsibility of the EOR to anticipate construction loading, that
haven't
> gotten ANY responses, such that I end up having to fly blind when I
could
> really use the help.
>
> I'm just interested in opinions (again) as to why some of you think
this
> might be so. Do you think you're not responding as quickly or as often
as
> you used to do? Is the bloom off the rose as far as electronic
discussions
> like this?
>
> What do you think?
>
> William L. Polhemus, Jr. P.E.
> Polhemus Engineering Company
> Katy, TX, USA
> Phone (281) 492-2251
> FAX (281) 492-8203
> email bill(--nospam--at)polhemus.cc
>
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