Forwarded message from john

John McNeill john at ROM.ON.CA
Wed Jan 18 07:30:22 CST 1995

I tried to copy the following message for Alan Harvey (aharvey at
to the TAXACOM list, but found that I had not updated "taxacom" in my alias
file. Here it is sent to Berkeley instead of Harvard. Sorry if it is

John McNeill

I disagree with your suggestion of changing the default by which replies to
posted queries only go to the person asking the question. As I understand
it the listserver protocol is for enquiries to be posted; those with
something worth contributing reply to the person posting the query; if the
material is of general import, he/she then prepares a summary for posting
to the entire list.

To have all replies default to everyone would surely clutter the list. The
request for information about the Convolvulaceae genus (Polymeria) above
need only go to the person needing the information, for example.

As this is of general import, I will try to copy to the list, though it is
not my usual practice.


From: John McNeill, Director, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park,
      Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2C6, Canada.
      Tel.: 416-586-5639      Fax: 416-586-8044
      e-mail: johnm at   (or: john at
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