Date: Thu, 6 Oct 1994 07:02:48 -0500
From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU
Subject: Re: replying to individuals
I've been wondering. On other lists I'm on, it's customary to reply to
individuals for some topics; here, messages addressed to individuals
keep getting forwarded to the whole list (eg, about a dozen replies to
Luanne v.m.'s request for assistance/informants
. Is this customary? or are people just unaware of it?
You must be on some unusual lists. This list seems fairly typical to me
in that some people do reply to the individual (e.g., I replied to Luanne
directly, as I'm sure many other people did) and some people reply to the
whole list because they don't notice the 'reply-to' line in the headers
and think they're replying to the individual, or they realize that this
is a low-traffic list and that most of us don't mind seeing their replies,
or they're too lazy to readdress.
I, for one, apologize for mis-posting. I realized after I sent off my
reply that the whole list didn't need to see it and that I had needlessly
wasted bandwidth. Consider this my final, penitent, public reply to a
So far, I haven't found anybody who could really explain how bandwidth
can be wasted. I've become convinced that the concept of wasted bandwidth
is a cybermyth.
--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu)