10 years and change/use it or lose it

From: Ward Donald Griffiths III <gram_at_cnct.com>
Date: Sat Nov 22 00:33:38 1997

jpero_at_cgo.wave.ca wrote:
> > At 07:22 PM 11/19/97 +0000, you wrote:
> > >Okay... I started all this stuff... and I'll end it... it *was* a mistake....
> > >but now, at least we know that until something BIG happens, the 10 yr.
> > definition
> >
> > Or until somebody else new comes along. 8^)
> Oh, my GAWD! :)
> It's going as long as we have newbies comes in, even happens on other
> newsgroups and in our notes on vax at my college. Sheesh!

It has been happening on Usenet for longer than some of our members
have been out of diapers. It will _always_ be a factor in mailing
lists and newsgroups. FAQs help a lot, but they are not always read.
In mailing lists, the best bet seems to be to include the FAQ in the
response to the Subscribe request. It would be even better if it
were easy to require that the subscriber afirm that the FAQ had been
read in return mail before the subscription actually started. But
there is _still_ no way to guarantee that the FAQ was actually read,
any more than we know that a politician swearing an oath to "preserve
and protect the constitution of the United States" ever read that
particular document. In the latter case of course all of the evidence
is negative.
Ward Griffiths
"Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails 
of the last priest."  [Denis Diderot, "Dithyrambe sur la fete de rois"]
Received on Sat Nov 22 1997 - 00:33:38 GMT

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