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Publications > Dateline Houston > October 2002 > From the Editor

Volume 42, Issue 3

November 2002

From the Editor
STC Houston Online Mailing List

by Rebecca Taylor, Product Marketing Analyst, Hewlett-Packard Company

Last month, I mentioned that editors are passionate people, and the last few months on the STC

Houston mailing list have certainly demonstrated that! Iíd like to offer some suggestions to help everyone make the most out of our mailing list.

Message Volume

If youíre concerned about the volume of mail you receive from the list, you have a couple of options:

  • set your subscription to digest mode
  • create a mailing list e-mail address to check at your convenience

Mailing List Purpose

Weíve had some contentious debate lately about the purpose of the mailing list. There are three camps in the purpose debate:

  • The mailing list is there for dialogue and conversation.
  • Itís there for only important announcements.
  • Who cares?

Iím in the dialogue camp. We created the list with the intention of providing our members with a forum for discussing whatever is on your mind, so long as it relates to our profession.

Now, having said that, I want to know what you think. Is the mailing list serving its purpose, or do we need to consider alternatives? What would you prefer for our online discussion tools?

  • one list for everything
  • an e-mail list for announcements, and an e-mail list for discussion
  • an e-mail list for announcements, and a message board for discussion
  • a message board for everything
  • I donít care

You can vote at

As always, please feel free to contact me directly with questions or suggestions!

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