At 18:03 02/07/99 +0100, Hugo Blake wrote:
>Am I the only one who hasn't got the time to read the messages which flood
>this list and thus reluctantly unsubscribe?
>May I suggest that the list is split into two:
>for those who seek and supply information
>for those who wish to discuss issues such as the ethics of access to
>Even if this proposal was adopted, a moderator should impose some rules of
>relevance and courtesy; and emailers should exercise restraint. Perhaps
>those who use the list as a form of socializing should form their own list
>with a non-academic host; or copy the email addresses of those who enjoy the
>repartee and periodically invite others aboard.
>The CBA should take responsability for administering this resource better.
In my work for the CBA I already spent a considerable proportion of my time
administering the britarch list. The list reflects the wide range of
British archaeology and everyone has a delete key on their keyboard if they
do not wish to tune in to a particular thread.
If you do not like the number of emails which you receive then you can
always keep track of the list through the web archive on the Mailbase
server, and still maintain your membership of the list to allow you to post
messages (by setting your membership of the list to receive no mail - send
the command 'suspend mail britarch' to [log in to unmask]).
I for one enjoy the wide-ranging discussions and often learn a lot from
them. Long may they continue. Inevitably, given human nature, they
sometimes get a little away from the point and I do my best to steer the
individuals concerned back on track (from behind the scenes).
I agree that members of the list should exercise restraint - a point I have
made a number of times myself - but I would not wish to see the list
moderated (even if I had the time to consider it).
Some of the conventions that we can adopt to guide listmembers on the
content of emails have been discussed in postings over the weekend and it
will be interesting to see how well they work, but as a number of
listmembers have noted the key piece of information that they need is the
sender of the email and that often tells them all they need to know!
Dr Michael Heyworth Council for British Archaeology
Bowes Morrell House, 111 Walmgate, York YO1 9WA, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1904 671417 Fax: +44 (0)1904 671384