I could see you were on a different matter before I posted but I was wondering whether the number of listers is in fact real and I do think the matter you raise is important.
If we go back over the past decade and think about how many actually contributed how much larger would the list of contributors than the 17 you list be? I think I can do a fair representation off the top of my head Arwin, Pat, Umberto, Guy, Rick, Marcia, Diana, Kate, Cassandra …. who else. I wonder how many of the 200 or 250 are dead letter drops. A friend who manages the mail for the University of Melbourne has a fair bit of conflict with people who have over 10,000 unread mails in their letterboxes but won't delete any.
That's one point.
The other is I wonder if there is a critical mass in the terms you suggest.
I won't name names but it is clear that there are a few among us who produce very rewarding mails. I don't mean they are the only serious or intelligent observations but I mean structured, scholarly and demonstrating a large commitment to the individual mail. I would not include myself. Which is not posturing just a fact. I do not have a job which allows me to follow a discussion reliably so I keep quiet unless I have some small useful thing to offer….. mostly. But,,, every now and then something is just too much fun not to jump in. But I would not see a whole lot more people like me as a profitable addition.
Still I am sure you are right that not being visible is a problem. But then there are other problems. If there are 183 people watching this with ne'er a peep - well I would say there is a habitat problem which will remain even with more creatures in the jungle.
On 31/07/2013, at 11:35 PM, Tom Colket wrote: