A daily coral-list-digest?

Jim Hendee hendee at aoml.noaa.gov
Fri Mar 10 11:29:02 EST 2000


	You guys and gals are full of useful suggestions.  Please see Tom
Ihde's, below.  I am wondering how many of you are in the same boat as
Tom; namely, you could use a daily digest, instead of, or in addition to,
the weekly digest.  Personally, I didn't think the list was active enough
for that, but maybe I'm becoming inured ["...did he say, 'a nerd?'"] to
all the daily maintenance and e-mail traffic, so that I can't even tell
any more.

	Okay, I asked for it:  If you have a need for a daily digest,
please raise your hand; or, write to me at jch at coral.aoml.noaa.gov and
tell me YES you do have a need (but don't write if you don't), and I'll
see if I can swing it.


	Jim Hendee
	coral-list admin

  James C. Hendee, Ph.D.
  Coral Health and Monitoring Program
  Ocean Chemistry Division
  Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory
  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  U.S. Department of Commerce
  4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
  Miami, FL  33149-1026

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2000 10:46:10 -0500
From: Tom Ihde <tihde at VIMS.EDU>
To: hendee at aoml.noaa.gov
Subject: coral-L digest

Dear Jim,

First off, I want to say thanks for providing this list and dealing with 
all the headaches that are part of such an important and well-used list.

Secondly, I wanted to take a few moments of your time to make a 
suggestion.  I've been on the digest about a year, now, and have noticed a 
few things.  Though I really can't get every message by being on the 
regular list, a once a week digest is not enough.  I am doing research 
on  a coral reef and am extremely interested in staying up on the latest 
discussions and participating when political action is required, however, a 
one a week digest: 1) isn't timely enough to do that - there were several 
issues I would have called and wrote my congressman about, as well as those 
people on the relevant committees, however, the day I received the digest 
was 2 days after the comment period was past.  This is frustrating, because 
I want to be a part of things, but feel instead, like a lurker.  2)  gets 
SO huge that I can't take the time to sift through and find the postings 
pertinent to me. The end result is that digests pile up and unfortunately, 
don't help me one bit .

I know much of this must sound like whining about how I don't have time to 
use the list as intended, however, we are all short on time, and I know the 
intent of the digest is to be helpful.  I believe it would be more helpful 
and more functional, if it were sent on a daily basis.   Another list I 
participate on, that is as heavily trafficked as yours is Elasmo-L.  I do 
get a daily digest from that list and I find their daily posting to be 
easily managed.  Consequently, I'm able to stay current, and feel like a 
functional member of that list.  I don't know how they do this, or how 
involved it would be to change, but I know it would be a wonderful help for 
me, and others like me who probably feel like they can't even make the time 
to send the suggestion.

Thanks again for all your efforts,



Thomas F. Ihde
School of Marine Science/ VIMS
The College of William & Mary
Gloucester Point, VA 23062-1346
Phone: 804-684-7583   Lab: 684-7326
Fax: 804-684-7327
email: tihde at vims.edu

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