[ Milt Webb, IQ Software writes: ]
> I am on another list that has a very intersting policy regarding Q&As and
> how they should be handled. The net result is very positive, all questions
> are answer and mail volume is minimized. Here is a statement from the list
> charter that explains the procedure. I am only suggesting that we think
> about this - it doesn't have to be a policy. Anyone choosing to use this
> method of answering questions can do so without any detriment to the list.
> --excerpt from Sun-Managers List charter--
> 4: Answers to questions are to be mailed back to the questioner and are
> NOT to be sent to the entire list. The person who originally asked
> the question has the responsibility of summarizing the answers and
> sending the entire summary back to the list. When a summary is sent
> back to the list, it should contain the word "SUMMARY" as the first
> word of the "Subject" line.
It's a nice thought, and maybe there's some basic difference in the
experience level of the subscribers that explains why it works so well
there (or so we're told), but given how many folks mail directly to
me because they're too shy to even post to the list, I have trouble
believing that a significant percentage would bother to summarize here.
But I'm willing to give it a try if that's the consensus.