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My first post (a question) was in April 1994. I accessed the Internet via a
PROFS/OfficeVision e-mail account that could connect to an IBMMail account
that could reach the Internet. (I knew about ALL of the e-mail gateways
running at the time thanks to, among other resources, Scott Yanoff's list.
*The* resource before Yahoo! showed up ...)
My second post (an answer ... well, advice really) was on July 12, 1995.
My third post (a "true" answer) was on July 13, 1995.
I find about 80 google group hits on my name and techwr-l. Don't know
exactly how many posts that actually translates too or where that puts me on
the scale between lurker and addict. Nor does it let me know how many
off-list e-mails I sent on the topics I have felt qualified to answer. Ok,
that's probably only interesting to me ... sorry!
(Hey, how can I correct my typos? And misspellings? And errors of diction?
And appearance of naiveté? :)
Anyhow, I've wanted/needed and/or read (newsgroups) and/or subscribed to
other lists for similarly long periods of time. Few have managed to weather
their own phenomenal growth, the growth of the 'net in general, AOLosers
(just kidding ... remember that religious war?), the tragedy of the 'net
commons, commercialization, etc. etc. etc. with the grace techwr-l has
shown. Credit for much of that success goes to the Rays' masterful hands at
the tiller. Sure we might think they've chosen the wrong tack on occasion,
but that we're still here and more surprisingly still a valuable resource
proves there is a middle course between zero and total control that can add
immense value and longevity to 'net resources. Take note.
Thanks, E & D, for your efforts and congratulations on that portion of
TECHWR-L's success that is solely yours.
To the rest of you out there (lurkers, off-list answerers, geniuses,
specialists, gossips, generalists, spellcheckers, flamers, trollers (on
topic and off), newbies, flamebait, students, me-too-ers, cheating
advertisers and job posters, them what correct the questioner's question,
and anyone else I missed):
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