Research update and thanks

Christine Hine Christine.Hine at BTINTERNET.COM
Wed Jun 16 12:31:01 CDT 2004

I posted some questions recently to ask for input into research on the
taxacom list, and what its significance is for work in systematics. Many
thanks to everyone who has taken the time to respond to my recent
questions. For anyone who missed it, here is the link to the original
=5064   I'd still be very interested in further responses - I have
certainly by no means exhausted the range of possible variability, since
each response I've received has given something quite different to think

I will, in due course, post a link to a report on this research. In the
meantime, I have some further questions that have arisen from looking at
the list and from responses to the initial questions.

There are clearly a lot of women working in systematics, and indeed
subscribed to the list. But few seem to post messages. Why might this
be? Is it a problem?

Some people clearly spend a lot of time contributing to the list. What
motivates you?

Apart from the public replies sent to the list, do messages generate
private email correspondence? Do many of you respond privately to
queries, rather than to the list?

I'd be grateful for any feedback on these or on the original questions -
as before, direct to me and not to the list, to avoid clogging up the

Best wishes,


Christine Hine
Department of Sociology
University of Surrey
Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, UK
c.hine at

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