ADMIN: Leave of Absence

Subject: ADMIN: Leave of Absence
From: "Deborah S. Ray" <debray -at- raycomm -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2002 08:32:18 -0600


Hi gang,

For a variety of reasons, I'll be taking a leave of absence
from my TECHWR-L site publishing, development, and maintenance
duties from now until September 1, 2002.

Over the past several months, we've seen a sharp decline
in sponsorships and ad revenue, which are what cover server
costs, hardware and software upgrades and maintenance, article
publishing, and overall TECHWR-L site development. We've responded
to this decline in a few ways--for example, through modifying the
publishing schedule, budget, and production, and through exploring
ways to minimize server/hardware/software maintenance costs, along
with other behind-the-scenes efforts.

Is TECHWR-L in trouble? No, but we need to further adjust
to the decline in sponsorships and ad revenue to ensure
that TECHWR-L remains a stable, long-term resource.

Under normal circumstances, we would simply further adjust
publishing, behind-the-scenes efforts, and plans here at
TECHWR-L (rather than take a leave); however, as it happens,
the need to accommodate the decline in sponsorships and revenue
coincides with some other issues (in particular, I'm having
major surgery later this month), making a leave of absence
(along with further adjustments) a prudent option to address
both issues.

>From now until September 1st:

* If you have technical difficulties with the list or site,
please email Eric at ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com -dot-

* If you have submitted (or plan to submit) queries or
articles for publication on the TECHWR-L site, please
wait to do so until September, as I'll be revising
the publishing goals and procedures.

* If you have editorial or site-maintenance questions or
comments, please submit them; your emails will be addressed
after September 1st.

* If you have questions about information in this email,
please contact me directly at debray -at- raycomm -dot- com -dot-

I look forward to returning to work on TECHWR-L in early
September.

Best,
Deborah

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