End of ADS-L Digest - 4 Oct 1994 to 5 Oct 1994 ********************************************** There are 12 messages totalling 344 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. replying to individuals (5) 2. Don't care to (3) 3. Don't Care To (2) 4. 5. Positive "don't care to" ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 6 Oct 1994 07:02:48 -0500 From: Natalie Maynor 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)