Date: Mon, 8 Dec 1997 23:17:15 -0500 From: Kendra Banks Perry Subject: Re: Can't we all just get along? I would just like to give a hearty "Amen" to Jody's statements. As an undergraduate English student, I have found this list to be an interesting, informative, and even inspiring window on profesional linguistics. I joined the list when I began work on my senior honors thesis and I have gotten many good ideas and resources from observing the list, although I rarely post. I, too, was somewhat frustrated by the recent glut of messages, many of which were unprofessional and even rude. However, I was under the impression that many of these messages were posted by students required to join the list and participate as part of a class project. Perhaps some guidance from the teacher giving the assignment on proper posting etiquette and reasonable posting topics would have been helpful? Along the same lines, I think that a welcome message generated by the listserv software would go a long way toward preventing unwelcome posts. I can certainly understand the desire to maintain a list with a primarily professional tone; however, this list can be and is a valuable resource for those who have not yet attained "professional" standing but hope to someday. I value this list as a part of my research and exposure to professional linguistics, and I hope I will continue to be able to participate in the future. Sincerely, Kendra Banks Perry banks[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]