Re: Fwd: translation

Subject: Re: Fwd: translation
From: Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: Janice Gelb <janice -dot- gelb -at- sun -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 08:31:09 -0400

Janice Gelb wrote:

I'd been thinking about this problem in the context
of saying something more individual and personal to
someone, or not bothering the whole list with something
meant only for one person's situation. In the case you
mention, though, the solution is much easier: in order
to avoid this sort of embarrassment, you could never
send unkind or unflattering mail at all and then
you wouldn't have to worry about the list settings.


While your point is well taken, let me run a scenario by you that is more along the lines of what Tom is talking about. Periodically, on another list, someone will post a link to a draft of something--a new Web site, a book cover--and solicit an honest critique. I'm much more comfortable doing so privately. Ripping and shredding someone's work in public is unseemly, I think, even though other list members do it. I much prefer to communicate honestly in private. That way I don't appear to be grandstanding for the purpose of public humiliation. Instead, my comments can be taken as their intended, as constructive criticism of the object in question, not an attack on the designer.

There are also situations where a poster is looking for someone to bid on a project and even goes to the effort to remind people to respond off-list, but the default response to the group means that at least one or two people will see their intended-to-be-private bids broadcast to everyone.

I think the way techwr-l is set up is the better way to go. It's much easier to resend something you forgot to send to the list than to withdraw something that should not have gone to the list.



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RE: Fwd: translation: From: Johnson, Tom
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