'556 Re: [saymaListserv] seeing the List membership

Janet Minshall jhminshall at mindspring.com
Wed May 17 09:37:33 JEST 2000

Hi Mary,  Please let Joey Hess know that sending responses from SAYMA
members/attenders ONLY to the person who wrote the message almost
completely defeats the purpose of having the kitenet list as a means of
communication among SAYMA Friends. Open and unfettered dialogue is the
whole point of an e-mail discussion and is more consistent with Friends
faith and practice than any form of managed or directed communication.
Using an individual response mode as a default on the listserve practically
insures that such open discussions will no longer take place.  My partner,
Free, suggests that individual responses are rather like whispering to
someone during meeting for worship. I think if it is important enough to
say, then it is important enough to share with everyone.  It is one
standard of truth.

Also I, for one, would hate to see the kitenet list turned into an
"official business only" list.  If we are to have such an official list,
let it be in addition to, not instead of, the current open discussion site.
			 Best Regards,  Janet Minshall

     >Dear Peggy,
>(see responses at ***** below)
>(Message copies to Janet Minshall and Beth Keiter are for SAYMA insight
>into "how things are going at the office."  If you have an overriding
>need for a "non-copied" exchange please say so clearly, and I'll honor
>the request.)
>----- Original Message -----
>From: Peggy Bonnington
>Sent: Tuesday, May 02, 2000 11:42 PM
>Subject: [saymaListserv] seeing the List membership
>I sent a brief message off in response to Willard's reference to seeing
>the list members, asking how it is done.
>I thought I was sending it to the list, but it only went to Willard I
>later discovered.
>The new software that Joey Hess is using to run the listserver has an
>"option" which is set so that replies to a sayma at kitenet.net message go
>only to the person who wrote the message.  I'm not sure if this is a
>software "default" setting, or something Joey chose.  (I haven't asked
>yet.)  I can see advantages and disadvantages to the setting.  I believe
>you can still have your reply go to the whole list; I think you'd just
>need to add the sayma at kitenet.net address to the header of your reply.
>I would very much like to find out how one accessed this information, as
>I've often wondered how wide the range of our correspondence.
>You probably have an April 12 message from Joey Hess, subject "[Sayma]
>Administrivia: mailing list changes."  It gives two website addresses in
>the first paragraph; probably either one will get you to the list of
>If you no longer have Joey's message, or run into other problems, let me
>Mary, care to share?
>Peggy Bonnington

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