Fwd: Re: [INDOLOGY] default reply behaviour (was: curses)

Herman Tull hwtull at MSN.COM
Sun Feb 27 22:07:27 EST 2011


It seems to me that the point of this list is that it creates a venue for a 
highly accessible community forum.  That an occasional "private" message 
creeps in does not seem to me to be an adequate reason for abrogating what 
stands at the center of the whole thing--namely, the ability to seamlessly 
"reply to the list."

In these days of "cut and paste," we should all be aware that what goes into 
any electronic communication is really not "private;" the old "for your eyes 
only" style message is probably best left for other methods of 
communication.

Herman Tull
Princeton, NJ


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From: "Frank Conlon" <conlon at U.WASHINGTON.EDU>
Sent: Sunday, February 27, 2011 7:30 PM
To: <INDOLOGY at liverpool.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: [INDOLOGY] Fwd: Re: [INDOLOGY] default reply behaviour (was: 
curses)

> Steven, I do take your point.  I think, upon reflection, that I can live 
> with either system too.  I find it strange that a group of scholars would 
> reproduce the error time and time again.  I say that without going back to 
> the archives to determine if we had 'repeat offenders' or if each wrong 
> post was a 'one-off' event.  My preference for 'reply to list' is that I 
> benefit from following the series of responses to queries made to the 
> list.
>
> cheers,
>
> Frank
>
> Frank F. Conlon
> Professor Emeritus of History, South Asian
>      Studies & Comparative Religion
> University of Washington
> Seattle, WA 98195-3560      USA
> Co-editor, H-ASIA
> Managing Director, Bibliography of Asian Studies Online
>
> On Sun, 27 Feb 2011, Steven Lindquist wrote:
>
>> But the problem, Frank, was that these weren't infrequent at all (a few a 
>> month, at the least; right before the change, several within hours).  As 
>> I said then, of the 8 or so professional lists I belong to (some 
>> moderated, some not; some with 'reply to list,' some not), I had never 
>> received anywhere near the number of accidental emails (or radically 
>> inappropriate emails for public consumption) as on this one.
>>
>> But, at the end of the day, I can live with either system (I did what Tim 
>> does and will do it again should we change back).
>>
>> My best,
>>
>> Steven
>>
>> --
>> Steven Lindquist, Ph.D.
>> Assistant Professor
>> Department of Religious Studies
>> Southern Methodist University
>> Homepage: http://faculty.smu.edu/slindqui
>> --
>>
>> On Feb 27, 2011, at 4:13 PM, Frank Conlon wrote:
>>
>>> Colleagues:
>>>
>>> I agree with Rosane and others--default reply to list offers great 
>>> potential value to list members.  While it is true that occasionally a 
>>> member sends a private message and broadcasts it to the world, I suspect 
>>> it is infrequent enough (and sometimes so "interesting"), that the 
>>> alternative is not really satisfactory.
>>>
>>> Frank
>>>
>>> Frank F. Conlon
>>> Professor Emeritus of History, South Asian
>>>     Studies & Comparative Religion
>>> University of Washington
>>> Seattle, WA 98195-3560      USA
>>> Co-editor, H-ASIA
>>> Managing Director, Bibliography of Asian Studies Online
>>
> 



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