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> 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?