[NAFEX] e-mail lists

Joe Hecksel jhecksel at voyager.net
Thu Nov 4 18:29:09 EST 2004

Well said, Lon:

Those of us on the receiving end of emails cannot see the arching 
eyebrows, the twinkling of eye or hear the drollness of tone.  Real life 
conversation is a wide-screen, surround-sound medium.  Email is peering 
into a dimly lit room via a key hole.
Also, spoken conversation is replete with redundancy to reinforce or 
nuance meaning.  I offer email buddies MUCH latitude as most of us are 
not professional writers who finesse their writing to the third drafts 
before hitting the SEND button.  Email is a first draft media and most 
of us are not professional writers.

All these electrons used.....and I must confess there are a few writers 
who I filter.  It is just too hard for me to read their "stuff". 
 Perhaps to our mutual loss.  Oh well, we all do what we must.


Lon Rombough wrote:

> A thought to consider.  When you start a flame war on an e-mail list, 
> your words don't just go away.  ALL the list members get them, so you 
> are exposing your anger to dozens if not hundreds of people.  Would 
> you want someone else's anger in YOUR computer?   And the words are in 
> the archives for a LONG time to come.
> Think several times before you send something to a list that is 
> anything less than polite and good.
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