Including the previous message/Digest choices

Max Withers
Mon, 30 Jan 2012 16:15:49 PST
Hi Mary Sue,

I'm tempted to suggest the creation of separate lists for discussion and 
the BX, the former to be digested (or ignored) at will, but I suppose 
the drawbacks could be severe. I must say that the I find the inability 
of some of our new members to use google or spell, a bit of a bummer. 
Filtering certain people straight into the trash is probably the best 
solution though.

Max Withers

On 1/27/12 12:18 PM, Mary Sue Ittner wrote:
> Hi,
> Even after my request please not to include the previous message
> recently, this is still happening. And I got a couple of private
> responses from people who are unhappy when people don't include the
> previous message as they don't know what the person is responding to.
> The compromise to this is to include  ONLY a line or two from the
> previous message, but not the whole message. One person pointed out
> that some people may not know how to do this. In many email programs
> if you highlight the line or two you want to keep in your message and
> then hit reply, that is the only portion of the previous message that
> is displayed.
> A few people have suggested that it is helpful to create a filter and
> a folder for the pbs messages so that they go straight to that folder
> and if you don't have time to read them, especially when there are a
> lot of them, it will be easy to find them later.
> One person who received the digest asked if there could only be one
> digest a day. Most days there is only one, but when a lot of people
> post or a lot of people include the whole previous message with their
> response extra digests are triggered. If we set it so there is only
> one digest a day some days when there had been a lot of posts the day
> before the digest would be very large. So I wrote to the digest
> subscribers and asked what they would like. The responses are still
> coming in, but so far the majority wants to keep it the way it is.
> But there are many who would prefer just one digest a day. You can
> all help by not including the whole previous message. Also you can
> help by responding privately to people when what you have to say
> isn't really necessary for everyone to read. Anyone who posts a link
> or a picture loves to get feedback, so I don't want to discourage
> that, but please thank that person privately for example instead of
> replying to everyone.
> And I remind everyone that it is possible to set your email so you
> won't get mail if you are very busy or going to be away and just read
> messages from the archives.
> If there is a message you read that you want to respond to, you can
> reply from there. You just have to remember to reset your email later
> if you want to get mail again. If you can't figure out how to do
> this, you can contact one of the list administrators through the
> Pacific Bulb Society website and we will help you.
> Mary Sue
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