how to reference list discussions

Peter J. Claus pclaus at
Wed Aug 7 14:45:00 UTC 1996

Since both writers presumably have email and the address of the original 
is in the header, it would seem easy enough to email a request to the 
original author to publish the quoted matter.  I think it is one thing to 
quote one another in LIST discussions (ie. public forum) and another to 
carry this to printed/published media where there is no possiblity for 
quick reply.  Besides, email tends to be ephemeral, print is forever.

Peter Claus

On Wed, 7 Aug 1996, Axel Michaels wrote:

> Date: Wed, 7 Aug 1996 10:34:00 BST
> From: Axel Michaels <michaels at>
> To: Members of the list <indology at>
> Subject: Re: how to reference list discussions
> Madhav Deshpande wrote:
> >
> >        Communications on Indology or a similar network are scholarly, 
> >but casual, and not to be treated as anyone's "considered final opinions" 
> >on a given topic.  Therefore, there is a great danger of citations from 
> >e-mail messages leading to misrepresentation.  Minimally, I would suggest 
> >that the author of a message needs to be explicitly asked for his/her 
> >permission for a specific quote, and be given an opporunity to review 
> >that quote.  
> >        Madhav Deshpande
> I basically agree with this point. However, e-mails in a discussion 
> group are not private or personal communications. If one has to be aware 
> that one might be quoted, unneccessary messages could perhaps decrease. A 
> solution could be that one indicates in an e-mail, if one does not want to 
> be quoted.
> A. Michaels
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