Agree 100%, Mary. I joined the volunteer list, because I was interested in volunteering, not general discussion. To me, volunteering discussion involves all of these things you mention. Other than Cindy, Carrie, and the volunteers who include their emails in the comments sections of books they've submitted, I have no other way of contacting other volunteers about volunteer related issues. I feel that things like book recommendations, ETC belong on the bookshare discuss list.
Melissa Mayrie ReNae wrote:
Hi everyone,I disagree heartily with Roger. I think that single messages about books being scanned, books with which folks need help, requests for proofreaders, requests for the wish list and the like belong on the volunteer list. I would much rather see the two and three day long discussions of just about anything stopped altogether than stopping messages like the ones I mention that actually have to do with volunteering for bookshare. Mayrie------------------------------------------------------------------------*From:* bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] *On Behalf Of *Cindy*Sent:* Friday, September 11, 2009 12:50 AM *To:* bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx *Subject:* [bksvol-discuss] Re: Holding Down the Trafficswitching such items to the bookshare discuss list rather than the volunteer list would helpCindyWish List (i.e., books wanted added to the collection) and books-being-scanned list available at sites below https://wiki.benetech.org/display/BSO/Books+Being+Scanned+List--- On *Thu, 9/10/09, Rogerbailey81@xxxxxxx /<Rogerbailey81@xxxxxxx>/* wrote:From: Rogerbailey81@xxxxxxx <Rogerbailey81@xxxxxxx> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Holding Down the Traffic To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Date: Thursday, September 10, 2009, 8:25 PM I have finally caught up with my email. I don't know how long that will last though. It would not surprise me if I logged on tomorrow and found another hundred plus messages waiting for me. That is why I would like to make a few suggestions concerning holding down list traffic. By no means do I want to try to squelch off topic threads even though they could stand to be held down a little. Besides, the next time I start one I can always say that everybody else is doing it. However, there are a few kinds of messages we could do easily without. For one thing, I think that messages announcing that a title should be added to or removed from the books being scanned list could be sent privately to Cindy. Other messages that are clearly list business but do not need to be seen by everyone on the list might be handled that way too. It would be good if you could think of whether it could or not before you post. Also, there are a lot of messages that contain nothing but thank you or congratulations or chuckle and every now and then a message that entirely consists of LOL. I really do not see that these serve any purpose at all, but if you think they do then those might be sent privately too. I just ask you to think before you click the send button and ask yourself if this message either contributes to the purpose of the list or to the off topic thread in which you are participating. I think that part of the problem is that there are just a lot of subscribers here and that on a smaller list those kind of messages would be hardly noticed but when so many people are sending them it can really fill up the in box fast. Now, even as I have been typing this I hear the sound of arriving email, so here I go falling behind again."The end may justify the means as long as there is something thatjustifies the end." Leon TrotskyThe Militant: http://www.themilitant.com <http://wwww.themilitant.com>Pathfinder Press: http://www.pathfinderpress.com Granma International: http://granma.cu/ingles/index.html _
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