Multiple Lists: Another View

Judy Perry jperryl at
Sat Sep 4 22:53:09 EDT 2004

Right, but I suspect that the issue is less one of needing area-specific
specificity (ala SQL, TCP, animation etc.) and more one of developers not
wanting to be bothered with the posts of nonprogrammers.

I have a fear that, should a nonprogrammers list be created, and only
nonprogrammers are on it, it will be a frustrating "blind leading the
blind" sort of experience.

only partially-sighted in the programming sense...

On Sat, 4 Sep 2004, Richard Gaskin wrote:

> Dan Shafer wrote:
> > It will come as no surprise to those who know me that I find myself not
> > quite 100% in favor of the new move to splinter our community into
> > multiple special-interest lists. I've seen this happen before and
> > although it dramatically increases efficiency, it dramatically decreases
> > community cohesion and camaraderie.
> We're already in a multi-list world, and it's probably okay:
> This is by far the main list, with many more subscribers than any other.
>   It's the only list linked to from the Rev site, and folks on the other
> lists regularly recommend joining this one.
> It's like a restaurant that serves one great main dish, with a broad
> range of choices available on the dessert tray.
> It's worth noting that the only secondary lists that have had any
> longevity are those with a well-defined special purpose.  Those that
> were created with the aim of being just another venue for general Rev
> discussion have fallen into disuse in favor of this one.
> --
>   Richard Gaskin
>   Fourth World Media Corporation
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