Re: ASA: Netiquette

Terry M. Gray (
Mon, 29 Jul 1996 13:56:39 -0400

Oops! This is the hazard of multiple lists! Steve and the References
thread are in another group not, but the principle remains.
Sorry about the confusion.


>Here are some thoughts.
>1. Network news netiquette suggests that you don't post to the group unless
>it is a point that several people are interested in. Now we're not exactly
>network news, but in general if someone has asked a specific question for
>information, it is best to answer that person in private. If there might
>be general interest, that person could collate and summarize responses
>(without necessarily identifying the person who responsed). This way all
>of us don't have to get the many messages. I would recommend this approach
>to the References needed thread. At the end Steve could send us a list of
>all the ones he collected. We could even turn such lists into an FAQ. In
>general, on the other hand, most of our posts are not requests for specific
>information but are on-going discussions involving several individuals.
>For these we want posting to the group.
>2. I would say that it is never appropriate to repost some one's private
>response to a public list without their permission, even if you think it
>was meant for the whole group.
>3. I will be happy to receive more input from people who think that the
>reply to: ought to be sent to the group rather than to the sender. That
>can be changed if we think that it is wise. But as James M. pointed out,
>it can result in increased noise. It is always possible to pay attention
>to the To: line in your outgoing mail and change it or add the group if
>necessary. Frankly, I'd rather be in a position where I accidently don't
>send it to the group (that's easy to fix if you keep a copy of your
>outgoing mail) rather than accidently send a message meant for an
>individual to the whole group.
>4. I've just returned from the annual meeting of the ASA and received some
>feedback about our internet projects. We only have 130 subscribers to this
>group--far from the total membership of the asa. Some people informed me
>that the group was too noisy--too many posts and too much discussion on
>origins--for their interests. Jack Haas and I wondered about this at the
>very beginning. It is likely that we will be starting a new list
>(asa-matters or something like that) that is a low traffic group giving
>announcements about the ASA and a discussion of ASA policies (such as the
>Feedback thread). We are thinking that we will subscribe ALL ASA members
>for whom we have email address (of course, with instructions on how to
>unsubscribe if you are incensed at such a unilateral and involuntary
>subscription). There may be other lists springing up, but I am resistant
>to that. In the meantime may I suggest that we "return" to the proposed
>practice of placing a keyword before the subject so that people not
>interested in that topic can see right away its category. Here are the
>original instructions with the list of proposed keywords that Jack and I
>put together:
>>ASA -- announcements and discussion of ASA policies
>>JOBS -- announcements of positions available and jobs wanted
>>ORIGINS -- creation/evolution discussion
>>ETHICS -- discussion of medical and other ethical questions raised by
>> modern science
>>BIBLE -- discussion of exegetical/theological issues related to scientific
>> questions
>>ENVIRON -- discussion of environmental issues and ethics
>>SOC/PSYC -- discussion of Christianity and psychology and the social sciences
>>A subject line would look like this:
>>ETHICS: Y chromosomes and behavior
>> and then a reply
>>Re: ETHICS: Y chromosomes and behavior.
>5. Also, in response to the ASA meeting, there will be some changes to the
>ASA Web site. Keep your eyes open.
>6. Finally, if you are on this list and you are not a member of the ASA,
>that's okay, but as always we're looking for new members, so check out the
>home page at
>and consider joining. It's not too expensive and it's a great cause.
>Terry M. Gray, Ph.D. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
>Calvin College 3201 Burton SE Grand Rapids, MI 40546
>Office: (616) 957-7187 FAX: (616) 957-6501
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