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  Re: *Long* administrivia (but please read it anyway!)
From: Al Wootten <awootten at NRAO.EDU> on 1997.02.20 at 16:50:03(402)
I would certainly compose snail mail letters differently than I do
now if I expected every postman from here to the ends of the earth to
read it. I regard email, especially to lists such as this, as something
which I expect to be read and, hopefully, useful to someone. Once I
sent a letter from my gggrandmother describing her wagon trip west to
a USENET group. I was astonished to find later that it had been published
without my knowledge by someone else. Although somewhat miffed at first,
the incident eventually led to recovery of a fair amount of new genealogical
information. In another incident, I sent, by private email, to a
fellow family history researcher a completely speculative genealogy,
as we tried to work toward the truth. I was apalled to later find out
that this had been published as gospel truth on a CD-ROM by a genealogy
firm, including details on my own family. Neither I nor my correspondent
know how this came into the hands of the firm. I think that whatever we
do, we should treat email as public information and rely on old fashioned
mail to exchange sensitive information.

I would like to see aroid-l archived. This would make access to useful
information easier and relieve some diskspace on my computer. Orchid
and bromeliad lists I have read are archived and they are made
enormously more useful because of it.

Clear skies,

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