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Keep those cards and letters coming!



In case you missed it, yesterday I asked people to vote as to whether
or not they want this list to stay as it is, or if they'd prefer to
have it be moderated.  As of now, the vote is:

9  For moderation
5  no moderation/leave things as they are
1  noncommittal/could go either way

Please think about it and respond ASAP.  If votes for moderation
continue along the current trajectory I'll probably reconfigure things
in the middle of next week.  If it makes any difference as you try to
decide, here is an example of a message I would *NOT* have allowed to
go to the entire list (I apologize for reposting it and adding to the
current "problem", but if this sort of thing bothers you any where
near as much as it bothers me it will certainly motivate you to vote
quickly...)

  Date: Fri, 9 Feb 1996 15:01:55 -0500
  From: Dinogeorge@aol.com
  To: Multiple recipients of list <dinosaur@lepomis.psych.upenn.edu>
  Subject: Re: Quo vadis, T. rex? [long]

  In a message dated 96-02-09 13:22:27 EST, pharrinj@PLU.edu (Nicholas
  J.  Pharris) writes:

  > If you mean "reptiles" in the sense of all descendants of the
  > commn ancestor of turtles and crocodiles, then no, mammals are not
  > a part of that taxon, because we are not descended from that
  > common ancestor.  If by "reptile" you mean "an amniote that is not
  > a mammal or a bird," then 
  >
  > AAAAARRGGHHH!

  Yes, AAAAARRGGHHH!

Argh, indeed.

-- 
Mickey Rowe     (rowe@lepomis.psych.upenn.edu)