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Re: spam

>  A few people seem to be confused about what belongs on the list and what 
does not belong here.  If a
>  certain thread is discussed by you and maybe one other person (sometimes 
for months) then chances
>  are that the rest of the list does not care.

Personally, I happen to agree that discussions of Eric Fletcher -- or even 
myself, for that matter! -- should be handled privately.  However, I have a 
reputation to maintain (good, bad or ugly, you decide) and when it is 
attacked in a public forum, as was the case here, then it's my nature to 
respond swiftly and appropriately.  That said, once I have said my piece -- 
and barring another stinkbomb lobbed in my direction, I have -- then I'll 
happily step aside and let others have their turn.

As for your notion that the lack of a large number of contributors to a 
thread is an indication of the degree of interest in it, I would disagree.  
Many are the threads about topics with which I'm not familiar but find 
fascinating and the fact that I may not choose not to contribute a response 
generally means that I have nothing relevent or important enough to say ... 
isn't that how these mailing lists are *supposed* to work?