RE: Limiting postings -- looking at numbers

Subject: RE: Limiting postings -- looking at numbers
From: John Posada <JPosada -at- book -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2003 09:49:07 -0400

Look, guys...we all know about figures and how pure numbers are a ridiculous
way for some people to prove any point. Look at validity of numbers
regarding the length of the Chinese Emperor's nose.

Maybe a majority of my 42 posts were answers to many of the 1 count posters.

Maybe after we trim down the list based on numbers, we can start discussing
how numbers of pages written per day has a direct correlation to the skills
of the technical writer, and then we can hit on how the more writers per
developer, the better the documentation

I can make a single controversial post in a day that will generate many
posts from many people, yet contribute nothing to the skills of technical
writers. Some of us do that. Am I, because I posted only one message, a good
list citizen, and by posting 10-15 answers to various questions, a bad list

Guys...I rely on this list for answers to questions that help me do my job.
Without that, I don't need to be here. At the same time, I'm happy to offer
advice to other questions. I'll also object to anyone who makes a judgment
on the list's qualities because the posts are fewer.


John Posada - 42


I think this proves that even with a 1 post per day limit, the affect to the
list would not be disasterous. Although it would stop 31% of the posts, only
list members of 136 (or 7%) would be affected by the limit. 93% would not be
hindered (on average) by the 1 per day limit.


I believe that these numbers demonstrate that even a 1 post per day limit
not dramatically affect the grand majority of the list members. 93% would
be affected. Only a small fraction of the listmembers would see their


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