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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [IAC-L:336] Re: "Posts that are not 'relevant'"


Thread: [IAC-L:336] Re: "Posts that are not 'relevant'"

Message: [IAC-L:336] Re: "Posts that are not 'relevant'"

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From: John Collier <john.collier at>

Date: Mon, 07 Jul 1997 07:54:57 UTC


  Dr. Guenther Eichhorn wrote:
> Hi,
> This has absolutely nothing to do with "lighten up".  It is a very
> legitimate concern of somebody who is really interested in this
> email list.  It is NOT that easy to delete email messages if you
> don't know what is in them.  In many email readers you get to see
> just the subject line and you have to pull up the message before
> you know what is in that message.  This takes time.  When you get
> flooded by dozens of irrelevant messages, that can be very
> frustrating.
> The signal to noise ratio in this list has been steadily dropping
> and it is at a quite frustrating low right now.  I am probably
> missing interesting information because I tend to delete messages
> by subject line alone.  Any subject that I have seen a couple of
> times goes by the wayside because the likelyhood that something
> interesting is in the 3rd or 4th message is too low to bother.
> This is not the purpose of this list, but I have to somehow manage
> the time that I spend on reading it.
> Guenther
> ----------------------------------------------------
> Dr. Guenther Eichhorn          | gei at
> Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, MA
> CPL,ASMELS,IA,Glider,CFI       | Pitts S-2A: N1GE
> DC-3 type rating               | Flying is the Pitts
> See:
> and:
> ------ Original Message ------
> In message <Pine.PMDF.3.95.970704103228.21169A-100000 at>, MMMMmm
> mmm writes:
> >Lighten up a little Brent; I enjoy the light hearted comments inserted
> >between the seious stuff.
> >
> >It's very easy to delete the messages you don't want to read and it
> >doesn't take long at all.
> >
> >Cheers
> >
> >Matt Burnet Pitts S1-E
> >
> >On Thu, 3 Jul 1997, Brent Rogers wrote:
> >
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> From: Brent Rogers on 07-03-97 09:45 AM
> >>
> >> When I first joined this server I was overwhelmed with the number of
> >> messages I got every day. I couldn't read HALF of them and said so. Someone
> >> accused me of adding to the "junkmail".
> >>
> >> Rather than miss out on all of the IAC happenings and the technical  and
> >> competition issues ( I am competing this summer for the first time)  I
> >> decided to subscribe from my work ID (I don't turn on my home PC every
> >> day). That is becomming a problem too.
> >>
> >> While I certainly do not support censorship in any form, I have to say,
> >> when I come in in the morning and there are 29 new messages about the Mike
> >> Tyson "ear biteing meaching" (sic) etc. I have to wonder what I'm doing
> >> here. I simply don't have the time to sort through all of this.
> >>
> >> I'll bet I get a whole raft of "you too, pal, freedom of speech" replies to
> >> this one but I have to say, I agree with John

I pity you people that are so inconvenienced by having to spend 
3 minutes of your precious time sorting through topics that are not
tailored to your specific interests. Please let us know exactly those
things that are of interest so we don't waste your precious time. Be 
specific - if you take more than 25 words you are wasting MY precious
time. Get a life!


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