Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 11:54:47 -0500
Reply-To: Richard Ristow <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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From: Richard Ristow <email@example.com>
Subject: Recommendation against off-list responding
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At 10:15 PM 12/12/2005, Kylie Lange wrote, regarding inquiry
"matching text values with blanks"
>I've received an off-list response to this that works perfectly, so my
>question can now be ignored.
In general, though, I'd encourage on-list responses, especially initial
responses. (I've sometimes gone off-list with interchanges that became
- If you respond on-list, the rest of us will know that there's been a
response, and will know not to post ourselves. Kylie let us know in
this case, but responding on-list in the first place is easier.
- Or, if there's something wrong with the response, or it invites
amplification, the rest of will know that, too, and have an opportunity
to continue the discussion.
- And, while most topics on the list are initiated by specific
questions, the list isn't a question-and-answer resource, but a
discussion forum. Others, not just the original questioner, should have
the opportunity to learn from answers.