On 06/14/2010 04:44 AM, Gerard Meijssen wrote:
information, and for the somanyth time, top posting comes easy when you use
a modern tool like GMAIL. It automatically hides whatever came before. This
whole notion has no relevance to me as a consequence. I get hundreds of
mails and the notion that one should be answered differently then others is
not easy to consider. I answer to the content to a mail and that is not
related to who will receive it. [...]
The difference is that we're really talking about two different media.
Email is great for small groups of involved people having a discussion.
Large mailing lists are ways of using the tools of email to distribute
content to thousands of people with widely differing levels of
involvement and engagement. It's publishing, disguised as discussion.
That throws a lot of people off.
If you're having trouble telling the difference between the two because
you've chosen to use the same tool for both, one possible solution is
for you to use a different tool for each. There are plenty of other
solutions, too. Pursuing any of them requires, of course, that the
writer values the reader experience over authorial convenience. I think
that's helpful in any sort of publishing, not just mailing lists.
Helpful for readers and writers alike.