Date: Mon, 16 Sep 1996 10:46:21 -0400
From: Jesse T Sheidlower jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PANIX.COM
Subject: Re: Beware the flood....
Danny Long is exactly right. I too am amazed by some of the postings to
the list. However, since many of us are educators, and since we all care
about language, shouldn't we think of this "flood" as an opportunity to
create a forum in which we can distribute good information about language
to the cyber-public?
There already is a forum for this: the Usenet newsgroup alt.usage.english,
which gets a very high volume of postings (100-200 per day) on assorted
questions of English. Though there are a number of knowledgable people
who respond to these postings (some of whom are also members of ADS-L),
the overall quality is rather low.
I have always assumed that the purpose of ADS-L was to allow professional
or otherwise serious scholars of English an opportunity to communicate.
Its value for this purpose would be greatly reduced if it became an
public arena for the posting of any sort of language question.
Random House Reference
jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]panix.com