Re: Contact off-list/on-list (was Re: SLAVE labor?...)

Subject: Re: Contact off-list/on-list (was Re: SLAVE labor?...)
From: "Mike MacLean" <Michael -dot- MacLean -at- alcatel -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: 28 Jun 2002 13:19:56 -0400

By no means am I one of the people who hates you (or anyone) for things you have said, but I'll venture my thoughts on this nevertheless.

I would tend to prefer seeing on-list answers to threads. The only situations that I'd answer off-list would be if I thought that it wouldn't be of interest to the wider group, if the thread was becoming OT, or if I accidentally clicked reply rather than reply all (which has happened on occasion). It seems to me that, for a public discussion group to prosper, the discussion must be in public.

The exception of course, are flames, which are a waste of bandwidth, on or off-list.

Finally, keep on disagreeing to your heart's content. The best threads on this list often arise out of two or more well informed posters arguing an issue from different sides.

Dick Margulis wrote:

> So here's my question. And I hope all those who have decided to hate me for things I never said take this opportunity to reply to me, either on- or off-list: Is there any way to determine a priori whether it is better to disagree with you in private or in public? Is there a general rule of netiquette that everyone but me knows about? Or should I just resolve to agree with what everyone says, regardless of the logical impossibility of doing so, and be done with it?


Michael MacLean
Information Developer
Alcatel Canada

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