Re. Students and bandwidth problems?

Subject: Re. Students and bandwidth problems?
From: Geoff Hart <geoff-h -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 1995 16:30:29 LCL

In defence of the posting that we can't accomodate everyone
interested in joining techwr-l (specifically, students),
I'd like to note that (Mark?) had a good point. Today's
digest weighed 127K; I don't want to imagine what it would
have looked like if all 20,000 STC members joined, and each
one brought half a dozen students along, and the same
proportion posted messages as post from our current list of

Maybe we'll have appropriate software to manage the
overload by the time it becomes a real problem, but in the
meantime, the problem is real: digest size has almost
doubled since I joined the list, far less than a year ago.
The essay "The tragedy of the commons" (sorry, don't have a
copy handy to provide author/year) reveals what happens
when you try to divide a limited good (here, the time we
each devote to the list) among everyone.

This is NOT a suggestion that we keep out students. We can
learn lots from the ones who get past the "big-boned women"
comments, and even when we can't, we do have a certain
measure of responsibility to help our colleagues in
training, as others have noted. FWIW.

--Geoff Hart @8^{)}
geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca

Disclaimer: If I didn't commit it in print in one of our
reports, it don't represent FERIC's opinion.

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