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Re: how many professionals here?
On Thu, 5 Jan 1995, Phillip Bigelow wrote:
> 3) PaleoNet is another listserver that serves mainly the professional
> paleontological community (although anyone can presently subscribe).
> Recently, when the call-for-votes was posted on the Paleonet asking the
> subscribers whether they wanted posts from other paleolistservers to be
> on PaleoNet, most of the mail-traffic seemed to be against it. Although
> there was a mixture of responses, the dominant one was that there was a lot
> of "amateur clutter" or "amateur noise" on the other paleo-listservers.
> While I
> agree that noise does exist, the professional threads on PaleoNet can get a
> long-winded, themselves, _without_ any input from curious amateurs. PaleoNet
> probably should be free from listserver-overload, but it would be better to
> refrain from self-imposed cloistering, particularly in light of the goals of
> the SVP Outreach Statement. On the other hand, dinosaur@lepomis is
There is a problem of traffic. PaleoNet attracts a far larger audience
than the members of SVP, so things can get very crowded. We need a
diversity of forums so that amateurs can be included, while others are
more limited to the drab stuff that goes on between "professionals".
Personally, I lurk on this list and only comment when my interests in
extinctions and radiations come up. But as more and more traffic appears
I have less time to read most of the posts. I think over the next few
years we will see a huge increase in traffic as more professionals and
amateurs become active on the net.