Is this bulletin brd helpful?

HEADLAND (tom.headland@SIL.ORG)
Wed, 26 Jan 1994 10:25:03 -0500

I confess that I pretty much agree with Michael, Dawn Atkins, and John
McCrury. I have been on this bulletin board now for 2 months, and I am not
finding it profitable so far. Of the 600 or so messages I have received,
maybe 10 have been interesting, and 2 were helpful to me. And though I am a
senior professional full-time anthropologist, I don't even know what most of
the messages are even talking about. (I'm not into postmodernism, however,
and maybe this bulletin board is mainly for them.)

When James Carrier said on a message today, "If this isn't anthropology, I
don't know what is," I realize how our discipline must be changing and I
can't keep up. I'm not sure if I even want to keep up with the strange
dialogues going on here. (Sorry, James, but this isn't MY kind of anthro.)

Let's not give up yet, though, what IS a good idea. I would think it would
help a real lot if those on the bulletin board, when they are carrying on
private dialogues, they send their messages just to that person.

What am I supposed to do when I crank up here in the morning and find, as I
did yesterday, 28 messages? Especially when, as I call them up one by one,
they consist of riddle talk, arguments between two individuals on some
matter outside of my interest (if I even understand it at all!).

Colleagues, if you think your message won't be of interest to at least 10% of
the people on this bulletin board, could you all out there consider just
sending it to the 3 or 4 people you are networking with.

It will give the rest of us an extra 30 minutes a day.

Thomas Headland