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New Year's Resolutions for DML Members

We will _not_ send test messages to the  DML.
We _will_ send comments about administrative matters to the DML  
We _will_ read the  Administrivia.

http://dml.cmnh.org/2009Sep/msg00178.html :
one *last*  comment on truncated messages
To: dinosaur@usc.edu 
Subject: one *last*  comment on truncated messages 
From: "Mickey Rowe;893-2446"  <mrowe@lifesci.ucsb.edu> 
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 19:37:55 -0700 (PDT)  
Reply-to: mrowe@lifesci.ucsb.edu 
Sender: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu  

Neil Taylor (nf.taylor@ntlworld.com) wrote a bunch of stuff about  the
problems of truncated messages starting with:

> 1)  "afarke@gmail.com" broke the Dino-list rules

but neglecting to  add:

4) "nf.taylor@ntlworld.com" then broke DML rules by continuing  a
discussion of dinosaur list management on the  list...

leading Kelly Clowers (kelly.clowers@gmail.com) to wonder about  the
current situation:

} is it merely inertia and "if it ain't broke,  don't fix it"?

Let me put a cap on this discussion by stating two  things...  1) I've
been told by USC administrators MANY times that they  are just about to
change to a software package that was written (or at least  modified)
in the 21st century, and 2) it is "broke", but the set of people  who
care and the set of people who can fix it are  non-overlapping.

There is, of course, the possibility of us migrating off  of USC, but
my personal feeling is that that cure would be worse than  the
disease.  Feel free to voice an opinion if you have one on  that
subject but DO NOT voice it to the list.  Send it to  me.


Mickey P. Rowe      (mrowe@lifesci.ucsb.edu)

P.S. Returning to my point number 1, my guess is  that California's
economic situation has made it much less likely now than  last year
that the listprocessor really will be updated soon.  We all  have  my



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