RE: Why I like this list but not OT (long)

Subject: RE: Why I like this list but not OT (long)
From: Mary Arrotti <mary_arrotti -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: vrfour -at- verizon -dot- net, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2006 11:23:14 -0800 (PST)

Lately, I (like several people I privately heard from) have thought about unsubscribing. It's been hard lately to distinquish between on topic & random posts. I've been interested in a subject but ended up reading a lot of posts that - if properly identified - I would have skipped.

There are a lot of things we could discuss and it's not for me to define what topics are relevant or not relevant - or what should be discussed. Yes, employment, interviewing, management could be good & relevant topics. But what makes a post relevant & of interest to others & ON TOPIC is what's ACTUALLY in the post - not the subject line.

When a topic gets hijacked - changes from something of common interest to a dialogue of little interest to anyone but its participants (for example - personal exchanges or off-topic jokes) or veers completely away from tech writing - then I would consider that off-topic. Again, I'm not saying that people shouldn't post this type of thing. I personally wouldn't care if someone put their diary on techwr-l. I'd just like to be able to distinquish it from other topics.

A while back, I read a good article about what & when to post - it referred to speaking in an auditorium. Basically. the gist was to ask a few questions before posting - something along these lines...Is it relevant to tech writing? Have you added something to the topic? Are you saying something more than "me too"?

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