[AMRadio] deliberate encroachmentencroachment , overstuffed in-box


Todd, KA1KAQ ka1kaq at gmail.com
Fri Dec 18 09:57:29 EST 2009


On Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 8:40 AM,  <w4awm at aol.com> wrote:
> I,ve tried digests, but there is still all that stuff to weed through.
> When someone posts a comment and there are say 10 replies answering the
> question, everybody has to stick their 2 cents in, many times under the old
> message title. Sometimes, you miss valuable comments because they are totally
> unrelated to the subject. If one doesn't want to miss something, they still
> have  to read everything. Worse than the Pied Piper!.

John, that's how email lists/reflectors work. They aren't set up for
any specific individual. Everybody gets to take part, not just the
ones who say things you or I specifically want to read. We get to
decide what's more important to us - reading every post or the
possibility of missing something.

The extent to which we're allowed to control what others say is based
solely on whether or not we run a list or subscribe/participate in it.
If you moderate a list, you can stifle discussion and the list will
eventually wither away. If you subscribe, you can read, delete, skip
messages and so on. Time consuming, sure. But the benefits far
outweigh occasionally having to sift through the chaff, in my opinion.

Having been involved with this stuff since the mid 90s, I can suggest
that perhaps you're subscribed to too many lists and should consider
unsubscribing to a few. After all, your endless complaints here as
well as on the boatanchors and Hallicrafters lists to 'end the
conversation and move on' certainly clutter up my mailbox, the inboxes
of all the other members, and have zero to do with what's being
discussed. No offense, but it gets old. We all get the same posts as
you, yet most others seem pretty adept at dealing with it.

If you're simply looking for content, Don's suggestion is a good one.
If you're afraid you'll miss something as you say, you'll just have to
continue sifting through it like the rest of us. (o:

~ Todd,  KA1KAQ/4


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