[Taxacom] Put a limit on number of submissions

Robin Leech releech at telus.net
Thu Sep 17 09:00:11 CDT 2009

For my two-bits worth, when I see 15 or more TAXACOM messages
in my in box, and most are from 3 to 5 members, I no longer even
bother to read them.  I simply delete.
Why don't these wordy guys write a book with all their rantings in it,
then try to sell it?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Pierre Deleporte" <pierre.deleporte at univ-rennes1.fr>
Cc: <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2009 4:24 AM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Put a limit on number of submissions

for me, 3 messages per person per day was really "the good old times" on

first of all helping me to limit myself for number of posts, and to
control myself for quality of content -
it also saved significant reading / deleting time -
letting a question at rest for a night before writing a comment (or
not...) may be the good thing to do in many cases

one could also take time to read some relevant literature, in some cases
to begin with introductory courses, when a semantic / conceptual
question  is at stake

note that 3-per-person could turn to be 1-per-topic per day when one is
engaged in 3 discussion threads simultaneously...
imagine this new world!

if no auto-limit is possible, could such a "rule of 3" be suggested by
the list owners to all contributors, as a self-control practice on a
voluntary basis, in order to improve the lisibility of the list for our
collective benefit?
too much wild chat kills the chat... except for people immoderately
enjoying to read their own words again and again, as Ken suggested in
other terms...
(Ken, I think you made tremendous progress in this respect along the
years !   :-)   )

OK, this very post is turning wordy...


Pierre Deleporte
Université de Rennes 1
CNRS UMR6552 Ethologie Animale et Humaine
Station Biologique de Paimpont
F-35380 Paimpont   FRANCE
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