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Message no. 1
From: Mon goose <landsquid@*******.COM>
Subject: List flunkies / Topic headers (change'm often, please)
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 03:24:23 PST
>And verily, did Mon goose hastily scribble thusly...
>|I'd hope anybody who posts their response regarding wanting to be a
list flunky TO THE LIST instead of to the Adams requested PRIVATE MAIL
is automatically disqualified.
>|This thread is ALREADY generating OT posts.

Damn right I am. But I don't consider OT chaff launching a "sport"!

Now, since it touches on what's happened to this thead, a micro rant on

I'd maybe have volunteered (although I'm sure there is no shortage), but
I rarely read more than half the mail from the list, so I can't.

Partly this is lack of time, partly impatience, partly plain disinterest
in some topics, or mega-multiples of a single topic.

The result is, I delete a LOT of messages based on TOPIC HEADERS. I
also read a lot, assuming that they might be interesting, and am sorely
disapointed by a total lack of relation between content and topic.

If people would CHANGE thier topic headers when responding to a response
to reflect what they are actually discussing, my life would be about 5%
more pleasent. Iv'e seen topic drift that makes the saharan sandunes
look small....

I also HATE seeing 30 posts that all have the SAME topic header, because
, even if I like the topic, I won't read them all. This is what drove
me off the list 3 years ago, when I had a 1200 baud modem and a garbage
picked 286 with an amber display.

I enjoy all the mail, but I'd like it even more if I could tell what the
frak it was about without having to actually download and read it...

So please, change the topic after your first re requote, unless its a
dead on reply to the first post. I'm sure we all know how...


PS- whats that damn "&amp" thing that pops up in some people's topic
headers? It gets in there and never leaves, like sand in your

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