[uf-discuss] Mailing list debate moved & new proposal

Ben Buchanan microformats at 200ok.com.au
Mon Nov 27 20:12:54 PST 2006

> >I'd expect that if someone was keen enough to be joining this list
> >they could probably pick up the concept pretty quickly.
> It's the people who are *not* keen enough to be joining this list who we
> need to consider.

I'm not totally convinced about that ;) It's hard enough for keen
people to find the time to work on uf stuff.

> My original comment was:
>         For example, several academic and professional taxonomists have
>         told me in e-mail that they would be interested in the species
>         proposal, (and one astronomer, likewise, for mars/ luna), but do
>         not have the time to follow a general mailing list; indeed, a
>         couple asked me specifically if I would set up a separate
>         mailing list for the subject.

I wouldn't bet on academics contributing even if you do bend over
backwards to accommodate them*. If they're saying they're too busy to
read this list, then they could easily be too busy to contribute to
any list.

That said, if a particular topic has several people expressing
interest; I guess what's the harm in setting up the list as a trial?
See if anyone other than those few people subscribe, as well as see
how the discussion goes. It might be an excellent result.



[*] Perhaps I'm just cynical from spending the last six years in
higher education ;)

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