By "open" forum I meant that all messages sent to the
ListServ should be able to be read by all members of the ListServ by
default. As you say, it takes all of one or two seconds to paste
in an individual's e-mail address into a personal reply when that is
more appropriate and that is what 99.9% of us seem to be able to do
routinely (again, the textbook thread aside).
David's not suggesting a closed forum,
just setting the default to "reply to original poster"
rather than "reply to list".
But if that's the default, that's what
most people will do and many discussions will inadvertantly turn
closed and much information will be lost. Like you say these moments
are rare and can be funny by spinning off into other directions.
Also their impact can be minimized with some basic email management
On Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 9:59 AM, Stephen
S. Howe <[log in to unmask]>
I have to completely disagree with this suggestion.
The advantages of an open forum and the ability to archive messages
sent to the ListServ far outweigh the relatively rare accidental posts
(the current "Stable Isotope Textbook" thread aside).
There have been many times when I have gone back to messages sent to
the ListServ concerning topics in which I have initially had only
peripheral interest when those topics have become more pertinent to my
research or the functioning of my instrumentation. From personal
experience with two other geochemistry ListServs that have "reply
to" set to the individual sender, a great deal of information is
lost because it is extremely rare that a replier cc's a
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An alternative would be to have the list moderator change
the 'reply to' aspect of the ISOGEOCHEM list. If the 'reply to' is the
individual sender and not the list, then one must make an additional
effort to send something to the list. This would significantly reduce
accidental posts (including those embarrassing ones).
David P. Gillikin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Geology
Director: Union Stable Isotope Laboratory
Department of Geology
807 Union St.
Schenectady, NY 12308
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Lab phone: (518) 388-8741
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From: Stable Isotope Geochemistry <[log in to unmask]>
on behalf of Robert Panetta <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To: Stable Isotope Geochemistry <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 9:04 AM
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [ISOGEOCHEM] PLEASE STOP REQUESTS CALLING FOR NO MORE
REQUESTS ON Stable Isotope Textbook via this list
Just create a rule sending ISOGEOCHEM to its own folder.
Or send any messages on this thread directly to trash. This way you
won't inadvertantly add to the fray knowing full well that people will
still reply to the list. See, for example:
On Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 7:17 AM, Guido Wiesenberg <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
As Roland already wrote, please do not further spoil the
list with textbook requests, but use the direct contact to Zach!
The easiest would be, if the pdf could be shared via the
list or at least the link where it can be downloaded, once it is
available (and then there are no further requests necessary!).
Thanks and best regards,
PD Dr. rer. nat. Guido L.B. Wiesenberg
University of Zurich
Department of Geography
Soil Science and Biogeochemistry
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