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Vickie-- Thank you for your wise posting. I agree wholeheartedly with your policy. This is a particularly ambiguous medium. In my own experience I had a public response to an informational posting that made me feel quite unappreciated. The person wrote, "We really need more important announcements like this" and asked a simplistic question. When I composed a careful note asking how I should read the response my private communication drew a private reply that the message was meant at face value--and I felt I had learned something important. Sometimes I post views from a humanities position to encourage the "metal detectors" in our field to think. The results are somewhat discouraging when my original message is fragmented with >>>>>> down the left margin and the ideas are chopped and distorted. It is most weird when people who I know from conferences and their printed writings as fairly reasonable do this. Basically, I ignore the insult and assume the aggravating person is responding to something else altogether such as being overworked, and underpaid. Anyway, this is to thank you for moderating. --Andrew Andrew R. J. Yeaman YEAMANA@ZENO.MSC.EDU