I would just like to say to Brian and anyone else that feels this way,
being so picky. When I posted my first message to the list, I had NOT seen
your message about the exact way you want messages to appear. Of course, my
posting was like most of the other first timers. Had I seen it, I would
have tried to follow your format, but instead I received you message telling
me I was doing it wrong. It made me feel like I was back in school and the
teacher was correcting me. I would suggest that you re-word your letter so
that it doesn't sound so condescending.
I realize that some of you have a lot of mail to read, so do I. However, I
ALWAYS read the newcomer mail.
I'm surprised and sorry that you find my message "picky", and
I genuinely don't understand how you read it as laying down "the exact way
[I] want messages to appear". All it did was offer advice as to the way in
which you can - if you so wish - improve your chances of getting useful
responses. And it included, in a further attempt to be helpful, a copy of
the relevant part of the standard Welcome message, hence showing that I was
in effect merely repeating one of the pieces of advice in that message.
If you are saying that you had never received this Welcome message (which
as I explained should have been automatically sent to you when you first
subscribed to this list) then clearly there is a system problem somewhere
that the mailing list owner, Vicki Lindsay, needs to be informed of.
And if you did receive the Welcome message and did not like its content or
tone (the Welcome message is not set in stone, and no doubt can be
improved), then you have every right to express your feelings about it (I
would suggest to Vicki rather than the mailing list as a whole, though this
would be up to you).
Hopefully this will clarify matters - it is intended to help, certainly not
to annoy. But if nevertheless you find it annoying, please let me know why
- I would suggest, but do not insist, preferably by means of a message just
to me. (Email is not as good a means of communication as face-to-face
conversation, and misunderstandings can arise, sometimes merely through
transatlantic differences in writing style - but my hope is that this
response will allay your present concern regarding my earlier message.)
Dept. of Computing Science, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne,
NE1 7RU, UK
EMAIL = Brian.Randell(a)newcastle.ac.uk PHONE = +44 191 222 7923
FAX = +44 191 222 8232 URL = http://www.cs.ncl.ac.uk/~brian.randell/