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Sounds like a much too intelligent idea, so I'm in. Can't do it right now, but soon.
Peter M.

Peter Dillane <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Hey folks
>
>would a self initiated audit be useful? That is everyone sends in a 
>statement of who is on line.
>
>ie  maybe just an avatar
>or an email address .....
>depending on how much you want to divulge
>or more
>say
>Peter Dillane, Melbourne Australia, amateur interest, undergraduate degree 
>with majors in Eng Lit and Language; Thesis on Marlowe; specific Eliot 
>interest - general; favourite single malt ....etc etc
>
>Cheers Pete
>
>
>
>
>----- Original Message ----- 
>From: "Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]>
>To: <[log in to unmask]>
>Sent: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 10:59 AM
>Subject: Re: The TSE list and "critical mass"
>
>
>>I used to send a command to the listserver once in a while to get the 
>>number
>> of list subscribers. A few years ago I started getting messages saying 
>> that
>> I was not authorized to use the command.  The number has been pretty 
>> steady
>> at about 250 members since I joined the list until I was denied access to
>> the information.  Maybe it was at the end of last year that Peter M. was
>> having some trouble with the list. He sent a command and as a side-effect 
>> he
>> got the number of members sent back.  I remember him writing that the 
>> number
>> was about 200.
>>
>> The number of list members would have almost no effect on Missouri's
>> resources. The number of bytes being stored would (number of posts, sizes 
>> of
>> the posts, attachments.)
>>
>> Regards,
>>   Rick Parker
>>
>>
>>
>> On Tue, 30 Jul 2013 08:58:35 -0400, Ken Armstrong
>> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>
>>>
>>>On 7/30/2013 7:09 AM, Tom Colket wrote:
>>>>
>>>> A discussion list has to have a critical mass of subscribers or it
>>>> dies. For many years there was just such a critical mass on the TSE
>>>> list. Someone would start a topic and others would pick it up and add
>>>> things (and it wasn't always the exact same people, taking predictable
>>>> "sides"). But in recent years the erosion of subscribers has became
>>>> startling. We are now well below critical mass.
>>>>
>>>
>>>     Interesting. Are the actual figures available? I believe in the not
>>>too distant past Tim M has referred to restrictions on resources, both
>>>virtual and financial, and has asked for listers to make their
>>>preferences known to MO powers that be. I'm guessing that that hasn't
>>>much happened.
>>>
>>>Ken A
>>>
>>>
>>