News: Split Decision
Ninety of you, or 16%, responded to the recent question about
splitting SANET-mg. The final tally was 34 for a split, 51 for
union, 4 neutral. Thank you all for your participation, and your
During the course of the discussion, an excellent suggestion was
made: that we hold a formal vote after an official discussion of
the most popular options. However, I fear that much more traffic
on this administrative matter would tax your tolerance.
I propose, therefore, that for a trial period of 90 days, we keep
SANET-mg as is; we can always split later. I recommend that the
following suggestions, which came from the group, be voluntarily
*Each posting include an additional identifier, NEWS,
DISCUSSION or QUESTION, in the subject heading. For example,
NEWS: LSP Job Listing, or QUESTION: K-12 SA Education.
This request is not for rigid consistency, but for clarity;
imagine the clues you'd like to see on a posting, honey or
*I encourage you to respond directly to the person with a
request, question or comment. Save group postings for the
times they are most needed.
*Please keep public discourse civil. Most people have a low
tolerance for the ad hominem or the ex cathedral; take the
fights, and the posturing, outside.
*Avail yourselves of the other sustainable agricultural lists.
Contact Tom Hodges, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Larry
London, email@example.com, for more information
about the lists they've created. These conferences might
provide a different audience for some of your questions or
*Although the ALMANAC software used for SANET-mg does not
easily provide the digest option, as LISTSERVE does, there is
a way to scan the subject headings of SANET-mg's archives and
order from Almanac the postings you'd like to read.
That method is cumbersome. But, if someone would like to
volunteer, I could explain to them how a daily or weekly
index could be created and distributed. This contribution
would be most welcomed by a number of SANET-mg readers.
I hope these suggestions are acceptable to most of you. Of course,
please feel free to comment or to suggest modifications. I have a
feeling, though, that the great majority of you are as tired of this
subject as you became with other recent overloads.
Gabriel A. Hegyes
Sustainable Agriculture Network