Re: Need for smaller message list groups or boards

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Thu Apr 28 2005 - 14:19:07 CDT

On Apr 28, 2005, at 3:09 PM, Marty Schrader wrote:
> Folks, I can't keep up with this list. There are over 200 OVC messages
> from April in my inbox that I haven't had a chance to examine yet. I
> propose that we split up the discussion to follow the major components
> of the EVM: Operations, Software, and Hardware.

Arthur *did* set up several sub-lists, which seem essentially unused.

However, I don't see any point in doing as Marty suggests. 200/mo
isn't *really* that many.

It's mostly a matter of two things:

(1) Posters using good editorial judgment. Quote minimally and
relevantly. Don't post the same thing over and over. Be concise and
to the point.

(2) Readers should learn that the delete key is their friend. If a
post is not relevant to a subtopic you care about, there is no crime in
pressing the delete key. 200 messages can be reduced to 20 in about 5
minutes by a ruthless reader :-).

If the list was effectively split, we would be inundated with topics
cross-posted; other topics drifting between subgroups; and constant
misunderstanding where posters refer readers to a thread on another
subgroup. All the concepts are closely enough related that no clear
separation presents itself.

Of course, we *DO* have a pretty good archive. And it has a nice
Google box attached to it. So it's not hard to search for one
particular concept, and read just posts that mention that. The archive
updates once an hour, so it's not that far out of date (not sure how
often Google spiders it for searches).

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