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Date:         Fri, 17 Oct 2008 06:51:53 +0100
From: Humanist Discussion Group <willard.mccarty-AT-MCCARTY.ORG.UK>
Subject: 22.277 why brevity
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               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 277.
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         Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2008 06:36:27 +0100
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         Subject: Re: 22.274 why brevity?

In reply to several comments, including Bill Barrow's:

Not everyone has the kind of bandwidth you so obviously enjoy.

I suppose an entire series of articles could/should be written
to explain the differences between those who still use dialup,
who are charged by the byte, etc., and those living so high on
the hog, or so high on the upper crust, that they should never
think of those who live on the other side of the tracks, world
or whatever Digitial Divider.

I used to have a friend who included a short little video as an
kind of introduction, but even the hardcore Geeks asked him not
to include that in emails to them, or even on his web pages, at
least not without clicking on it to turn it on.

For those of us who live without broadband connections, this is
a plain enough concern.  For those who cannot conceive of world
populations without broadband, this is possibly inconceivable--
even with such feedback from the other side of the tracks.

After all, unless your child falls for a person from "the other
side of the tracks," most people around here are not concerned.

As for your desire to call people on the phone, I must admit it
that I prefer email to phone calls simply because it is so much
more efficient.  I can do other things while I am emailing, but
not so much while I am on the phone, and email leaves me a nice
record of the conversation in case we want to bring someone new
into the conversation, we can instantly bring them up to date--
completely, accurately, and without straining our memories.

My proposed solution:

Have several signature blocks.

Use the longest one sparingly.  Perhaps in your first message a
person receives directly from you, even perhaps with a line for
asking them to save your contact information.  For listservers,
when hundreds of people receive every character you send, it is
so much more wasteful, and so much more guaranteed that you are
sending to someone with limited bandwidth, such as myself.

I don't like applying any pressure on this sort of thing, quite
the opposite, I don't approve of peer group pressure at all.

However, you may not consider those people without bandwidth as
peers, or even worthy of consideration.

However, I, myself, who am in constant email communication with
people living in portions of the world with limited bandwidths,
and by the byte charges, have heard from them just how much the
whole thing can be a load on their capabilities, a load that we
may hardly notice at all, even myself.

After all, even though I am on a dialup, I still send & receive
entire books via email all the time, and some still remind me a
few times how much that takes out of their systems.

Some of them even prefer to send CDs and DVDs via snailmail for
getting their eBook contributions online, as with 307 eBooks we
just received from half way around the world.

Just for the record, and since I haven't sent it here for ages,
here is my longest signature block, and even it does not have a
phone number, simply because I am not encouraging phone calls--
but I am in the phone books, and it's easy to Google me to find
out where I live and work.

Thank you for your time and consideration!!!

Give the world eBooks for 2008!!!

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