Should I put up a notify/discussion list? : LUSENET : Novenotes : One Thread

Should I do a notify/discussion list? If I do, I think I would rather have it a general discussion list. Is there any general interst in that, or in knowing exactly when I post an entry? Let me know, or tell me experiences---good or bad---with notify/discussion lists, your own, or others'.--Al

-- Al Schroeder (, October 20, 1999


I think this is a case of Vox Populi, Vox Dei. If I did do a group, it would be a discussion group, and I appreciate the dissenting vote that said I was a good one. Yet I am afraid of spending too much time on that, to the detracting from the journal. Sometimes I think some who maintain such groups don't do regular journal entries because they (a) have a more select audience to rant to, and do or (b) it takes up too much of their time. That was not the case on several listservs I'm on or been on (I'm on Tesserae's, Alice of REading Between the Lines, Anthony's Spilled Beans, and others, and wasn't the case with Lynda's when I was on it.) but sometimes I wonder. So, no list. Thanks for everybody's opinions, though...

-- Al Schroeder (, October 25, 1999.

I know that there will be a new Nova Note when I get up in the morning, so I don't see the need for a notify. As for a discussion list, there is always diary-l. Unless you want us to discuss your life? :)

-- Magnus Itland (, October 21, 1999.

Ditto on Magnus's answer. I only subscribe to notify lists, generally, for people whose journal entries are irregular. Yours is done with such regularity that you would be the last person I would need a notify reminder from. Also, your page has so many links that even if I do access it and no new entry has been posted yet, there is always something there to read or do--Decajour stories to read, or links to follow, etc.

As for discussion, I've unsubscribed from diary-l. Found it to be repulsive. There are other discussion lists, etc. I don't see much need to create another one.

-- Joe Shedlock (, October 21, 1999.


I think a notify/discussion list is a good idea - so much depends on the owner/moderator and you're a good one. I belong to several lists - a couple of them are getting so big that I'm probably going to sign off - or go NOMAIL for awhile - (lack of time to read all of the output) but I like the smaller ones - a dozen or so people who get to know one another - are pretty nice. No, you don't need one for notify purposes - but I think an interactive discussion list would be good.

-- Sandy (, October 21, 1999.

I agree with the majority: You DON'T need a notify list. No other journaller is so regular as you. I only subscribe to those who update randomly, because it saves so much time going to their page to find nothing new. Okay, there's that SPILLED BEANS list, and the moderator is having a thoughtful exchange going on there. I was surprised that it was more than the usual notify thingie when I signed up. But, despite my conviction I'd never find myself on another discussion list, I'm finding it quite interesting. While I don't always catch each strand, I do post to most. I can never just be a lurker. However, it's all the discussion, SLOW reader that I am, could handle at the present. No Diary-L for me.

-- Joan Lansberry (, October 23, 1999.

as of jan. 5, 2000 - - - i thing your list of questions, our ability to answer them to our satisfaction, and the e-mail address included in each answer is such an open way to go. each to their own inclination. i find it very interesting and many times shows me a new way of considering something. this system is not for the narrowminded or contentious types. i have met some very nice people here.

-- ici jongleur (, January 05, 2000.

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