PLEASE READ - What is the point?

Jackson M Roper (jmrst38+@PITT.EDU)
Mon, 27 Jun 1994 15:05:46 -0400

(The following complaint refers to a note that comes at the end of my text)

I have a complaint I would like to register with this list in general, and
am only using this mailing as an example. I do not wish this to be seen
as an attack against the individual who wrote this note, or that persons

Having said that, I wish to ask why so many people find it necessary to
post responses to individuals to the entire list? Perhaps this is not the
best case, as I am sure someone will tell me that this is information that
is invaluable to all... However, there are *WAY* too many cases where
someone asks a question of personal interest and people find it necessary

to reply to the list. Is this because they do not understand how not to
do this, or just feel that everything that could possibly be said is of
value to the entire list?

I know that some of you will take this as a personal attack. Please do
not. Only consider that some of us follow several lists, and it takes a
rediculous amount of time to scan through such a weight of responses. On
replying to the next question posed to the list, perhaps consider this.

Although there are many fascinating discussions taking place on this list,
there is also an over abundance of chatter.

On Mon, 27 Jun 1994, SS51000

> No, you should not become an anthropologist. Getting advanced degrees
> is a relatively risky undertaking--much less rationalized than in fields
> such as medicine or law. You can run afoul of nasty professors who
> will sabotage your whole career. If you avoid all the political and
> personality pitfalls and get a Ph.D., it will only entitle you to
> compete with a million or so other misguided souls for a few openings
> that ... (the rest was deleted)