how to reference list discussions

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at
Wed Jul 31 19:13:50 UTC 1996

	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

On Wed, 31 Jul 1996, Peter J. Claus wrote:

> Good Question!  There have been times I have wondered this too. But there 
> are several sides to this... Is it like "personal communication" or like 
> a published quote if it is on the LIST itself (rather than just email 
> correspondence between member)?  
> Other questions: should we ask the person for his/her permission to quote 
> off the LIST?  If not, how will it affect the LIST's correspondence to 
> think that one might be quoted in an article?
> If the LIST-quoted portion of an author's a reply to a specific request 
> for information, and there is a lot of this in a given article, would the 
> article then be like joint authorship?
> I'm sure there are lots of such questions.  I like the idea of using the 
> list to get information and thought, but I think it does create the 
> possibility of some new forms of scholarship/writting/authorship that 
> need to be discussed.
> Peter Claus
> On Wed, 31 Jul 1996, George Thompson wrote:
> > Date: Wed, 31 Jul 1996 01:45:46 BST
> > From: George Thompson <thompson at>
> > To: Members of the list <indology at>
> > Subject: how to reference list discussions
> > 
> > Dear Indologists,
> > 
> > Perhaps rather like a hunter finishing off a wounded deer, I am presently
> > trying to put a paper that I am writing out of its misery, with finishing
> > touches such as completed endnotes and full bibliographic references. My
> > question to you is this: how does one reference an Indology List discussion
> > [for example]?  I have never referenced such a thing before, nor have I
> > ever encountered anyone else's attempt at doing so.  Is there an
> > established convention for this sort of thing?
> > 
> > Sincerely,
> > George Thompson
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 

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