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  Question About Exchange Page
From: MossyTrail at cs.com on 2002.10.23 at 16:15:51(9576)
Before the Exchange page was set up, there were periodic postings here by
people with large numbers of plants to trade/offer (Fausto being the one most
easily coming to mind). Will such postings still appear here, or will all
such transactions occur only on the website now?

Jason Hernandez

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From: "Albert Huntington" amh at ieee.org> on 2002.10.24 at 11:00:34(9579)
Jason Hernandez sez:
> Before the Exchange page was set up, there were periodic
> postings here by people with large numbers of plants to
> trade/offer (Fausto being the one most easily coming to
> mind). Will such postings still appear here, or will all
> such transactions occur only on the website now?

Jason,

Though I am not the final authority on such matters, I would
think that this would depend on the whim of the individuals
offering the plants. I am aware of no change in the policy of
what is or is not allowed on the list .

The trading post is maintained by the IAS as a service, created
at the request of the members of this list, and there is certainly
no requirement to use it. In fact, I suspect that those with
larger distributions of plants would find the format somewhat more
restrictive than a post to aroid-l.

For those with smaller numbers of plants to trade, the trading
post can provide a more permanent record of their offers, and the
added benefit of consolidating multiple offers in one place. The
only disadvantage is that aroid-l is not always pro-actively
notified of additions to the trading page.

There are usually a lot of great plants up for trade, and I will
be attempting hilight some of the new listings from time to time
on aroid-l for those who are not in the habit of checking the list.

Albert Huntington

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From: "Randy Story" story at caltech.edu> on 2002.10.24 at 12:25:51(9580)
Great point Jason,

So should this be left totally up to the discretion of the moderators, or
should there be guidelines as to what is OK? Greater than say 5 or 10 (?)
plants, perhaps fewer if some are freebies or if they would clearly appeal
to a greater audience than is possible on the trading post.

A few recent examples (in addition to Fausto), which in my opinion should
still be allowed: Wilbert's Anchomanes seeds, Harry Witmore's
Amorphophallus kiusianus seeds, and far more than anything Wilbert's annual
distribution.

So maybe the criteria should be number of things offered, general interest
to people on the list, with extra weight given to things that are free.

These are subjective criteria, so in the end maybe we should just leave it
up to the moderators.

Randy

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