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From: Patty Frazer <>
Subject: Re: [Q-R] Responding Off-List
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2008 17:15:05 -0700 (PDT)
I agree as well. Sometimes when information is posted, it gives a correction to something that I may not even have KNOWN was wrong or did not even know to question until different answers are posted.
Thanks to all for the sharing - I would be light years away from where I am now without all the help from this list.
Amen to that, Dave. All your points are all well made.
A lot of us do our best to provide help when we can; we also look for
responses to questions that we wish we had the answer to for our own edification.
Sharing has always been what has made this list work.
Please, everyone ... post your answers on-list. If it isn't relevant to our
interests, we can always bypass the message. But sometimes a response gives
me just the clue that I need to make a connection and add even more
information to what the original questioner was seeking.
Like you, Dave, I miss the old open "give and take" ...
In a message dated 7/26/2008 6:27:53 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
Thank you, Brenda, for bringing up this situation which has been annoing me
for some time. It seems to me that several years ago when I joined this list
most answers were given on-list. There were then, and would be now, several
obvious benefits from responding to questions on the list rather than
"hiding" them in a private response to the person requesting the information, only.
First, the answer to the question might very well benefit more than just the
person making the request.
Secondly, when someone looks through the list to see if there is anything
they might be able to respond to, they probably would not answer questions that
have already been answered two, three or more times, especially if it is
from the same source as they would have used. It is a waste of time. (By the
way, that is also a good reason to always give the source when you answer a
A third benefit from answering online is that the response might not always
be completely accurate and additional sets of eyes may spot it and prevent it
from propagating. Lord know, I can remember on more than one occasion when
my dear friend "eagle-eyed" Renée has spotted errors in my responses, and I
have thanked her every time - I don't want errors in my information and I
certainly don't want to spread it around!
So please, consider making your answers on the list so we can all reap the
benefits of everyone's wisdom. Conversly, if there is a good reason for not
putting answers on the list, please let me know so I will be able to
understand. Errrr... you can either send it to me privately or answer on the list.
Dave Constantine in Boston
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