Date: Thu, 24 Oct 1996 11:43:51 +0000

From: Grant Barrett gbarrett[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]JERRYNET.COM

Subject: Archiving Question

1. I like the idea of the additional archive. It's true that ADS-L is archived elsewhere, but that archive is not searchable. Last week I looked for a word discussion on the current archive and it took forever to download the sections and then do a search in my text editor.

2. I dislike the idea of a members-only list. Of course, I am not yet an ADS member, so I naturally wouldn't. I am an amateur who learns a thing or three.

3. I don't see additional traffic being a problem. I believe that the tone and professionalism of most of the posts is enough to encourage the same from new subscribers and that trash posts can be kept to a minimum.

Like Vicki, I joined the list to provide stimulation I can't get elsewhere. I back up ADS-L with the EDIE-CECTAL and NAT-LANG lists and am quite content, although God forbid I take a couple days off.

So I am, technically, and outsider on this erudite elite list, and glad of it. I get the mental tickles I miss from when I was in journalism. Nothing like good wordplay.

Grant Barrett