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Re: [SLUG] MetaSLUG [Was: SLUG Activities]

On Fri, Feb 02, 2001 at 10:50:55AM +1100, Jeff Waugh wrote:

> Everyone else: Is this a dangerous idea? Are new lists and new SIGs
> worthwhile?

My opinion is that splitting the list is bad, but SIGs are good.

Message threads are not static; they often mutate.  What starts out as,
for example,  a Debian-specific question may have a generic answer, and
that may in turn prompt other questions.  Splitting the list would
stifle those discussion somewhat, unless there's a lot of cross-posting
or most people are on most lists.

Another benefit of the list as it is now is that although something may
not be of particular interest, I still read everything and some of it
sticks.  So a few months later, when I have the same problem, I'll
remember enough of the answer to fix it.  Splitting the list would
limit that too.

There are enough existing specialised lists, and there aren't enough
*good* general lists.  Slug is one of the good ones, and splitting it
up won't make it any better.  And it's not as if slug is a high-traffic
list, so what's really to be gained?

Some may think that SIGs would have the same effect on SLUG, but I
don't think so.  Many of us can't often get to the monthly meetings
(Ob-XThread: Fridays are bad), so SIGs would provide more of an
opportunity to get involved.  For those that do usually get to the
monthly meeting, would a SIG meeting once a month be enough to stop you
going to the general meeting?  I'd say probably not, and anyway, the
monthly meeting is big enough to survive the loss of a few.  It's not
as it there are only ten people turning up now ... :-)


"OTOH, if she could spell she'd be able to use a CLI and not be
GUI-dependent and wouldn't have had to become an MCSE.  Such a tragedy
when you don't make sure your kids learn in school, really."
            -- Anthony de Boer