What is a fair topic

Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Sun, 05 Nov 2006 10:40:27 PST

When we started this list we set it up  with this definition: "Although 
bulbs (defined more broadly to include all geophytes) are the focus, we 
recognize that people who grow them probably grow other things too and will 
be talking about them from time to time. " Although Rodger gives me more 
power than I actually have since I can't really control what people do as 
is demonstrated by all the people who continue to include the whole message 
they are responding to in their reply, I've always thought being inclusive 
was better than endless debates about what qualified for discussion. So 
there are some things discussed on this list and even illustrated on the 
wiki that others think don't belong. It can be a fine line sometimes. Most 
of the time we stay close to the topic and when we veer off, it's usually 
not for long. The delete key is always available and if people are good 
about clearly identifying their subject then others will know when there is 
a topic they won't be interested in. Jim McKenney delights in broadening 
the discussion, but when someone objected on the list, others came to his 
defense. They were even interested in his recipes. So it appears that 
people on this list prefer some flexibility in what we discuss.

Mary Sue

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