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Date:         Tue, 23 Dec 2003 16:17:34 -0500
Reply-To:     Howard Schreier <Howard_Schreier@ITA.DOC.GOV>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Howard Schreier <Howard_Schreier@ITA.DOC.GOV>
Subject:      SAS-L Panel / Coping with the High Volume
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[This is part of a report on a panel discussion about SAS-L which took place during the 2003 NESUG conference. Partcipants: Paul Dorfman, Ron Fehd, Phil Mason, Barbara Okerson, Dianne Louise Rhodes, David Septoff]

On the subject of Coping with the High Volume ...

Paul would like to see more self-moderation to reduce the amount of chatter.

Dianne said that seeing SAS-L traffic in a client which organizes by thread makes it easier to comprehend the whole.

Phil advocated usage of the LISTSERV web interface to get an overview of SAS-L traffic.

David said he reads his e-mail on a Blackberry, and pointed out using a low-bandwidth client makes one more sensitive to repetition and anything else which makes SAS-L messages longer and more numerous.

Phil encourages people to utilize features of their mail/news clients to make the volume more manageable.

Dianne said that she tends to tune out on very long threads. She finds that too often they are digressions from the original issue or have turned into "can you top this" contests.

Paul indicated that he finds digressions valuable, because such discussions can lead to discoveries and lessons which otherwise would have been missed. He did concede that sometimes the sophisticated code that results can be overwhelming relative to the simple question which spawned it.

Phil observed that SAS-L's usual tolerance of newbies would tend to increase the volume.

[See "SAS-L Panel" on http://www.listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A1=ind0312d&L=sas-l for more. Any misrepresentations in this report are unintentional and are my responsibility.]

Howard Schreier


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