I'm a relative newbie to roasting and very much new to the list.
Having been on for just long enough to see the ebb and flow of coffee
and non coffee topics, I have a few observations.
Please keep in mind that this is all based on my relatively low
patience level and also my need/desire to get through the posts without
chewing up too much time out of my day (I already spend too much time
in the Coffeegeek forums and last time I checked I still had a day job
I get the digest version because i just can't have an extra 30, 40,50
or more emails coming in every day. I notice a few phenomenons that add
to the clutter. If we could all get on more or less the same page as
regards our method of replying and choosing a sublect line, it might
clear a few thigns up nicely
1) There's an overabundance of folks who respond with the entire
contents of the original message (or several) included in the body of
their post. I find myself scrolling through 30 or 40 or more lines of
text just to read a few sentences of new content. To make matters
worse, this same content from an original message (or several)
frequently seems to be repeated in multiple posts.
2) Folks who are using the HTML enabled option in their mail program
and are then leaving the body of a previous message in their reply are
compounding the problem. What was 20 lines of text from an old message
turns into 40 lines or more including all the HTML tags that are now
seen as text.
3) Replying with the original subject header in your response post even
though at this point it has changed from a coffee topic to a non coffee
topic negates the possibility of skipping over the message for those of
us who scan the list of numbered messages in order to scroll down to
the ones of interest.
The remarkably friendly and helpful nature of this list and the sense
of community is wonderful. I would hate to see it altered by efforts to
regulate the discourse too tightly - perhaps wiht a bit of judicious
editing and appropriate methods of posting/replying, we could just tidy
things up a bit and leave all alse the same as always?
Comments, suggestions and chiding remarks always welcomed.
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