Date: Mon, 8 Dec 1997 22:21:58 -0500 From: Susan-Marie Harrington Subject: Re: Posts from non-professionals One of the reasons I was moved to finally pay my ADS dues was this list; it's arguably a good recruitment tool for members (although I can also understand why it would be an attractive perk for members). Perhaps some of the problems with posts that are uniformed by any apparent research, or posts that take a decidedly non-linguistic approach to linguistic matters, could be solved with an ADS-L welcome message that discusses these sorts of points. One section of the welcome message might discuss ADS-L netiquette; another section might offer examples of posts that are likely to be viewed negatively by many subscribers; another section might even offer some basic research tips (e.g. if it's an etymology question have you checked DARE/OED/etc.) so that it would be a resource for newcomers; another section might offer guidelines for teachers who want to introduce students to this list (e.g. tell your students to lurk for several weeks before posting). Listserv will send a welcome message to all new subscribers (it will either replace or come in addition to the standard boilerplate welcome we all got upon subscribing), and current subscribers can access it with a simple command--assuming that the listserv than runs this list has the same properties of the listserv on my own campus. This might be a compromise between closing the list, or splitting the list. Susanmarie Harrington sharrin[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Indiana University-Purdue University,Indianapolis (317) 278-1153 425 University Boulevard fax: (317) 274-2347 Indianapolis IN 46202-5140