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OT: Stroking the System

From: HIPSource@aol.com


For some time this list has employed a set of standardized abbreviations as 
subject introductions to make sorting the posts easier for all. A list of 
these arrives with the welcome message. Among the more often encountered are 
TB: for Tall Bearded, HIST: for Historic, and so forth.  

Recently a formal survey was conducted in which the members of the list were 
asked if they wished to continue use of the abbreviations. Over seventy-five 
percent said yes, and very few said no categorically.

Use of the subject abbreviations has always been voluntary, but so is other 
people taking time to read and answer one's posts voluntary on their part. 
Thus it may be useful to recall when writing a subject line that 
three-fourths of the people to whom you are speaking are on record as 
preferring the standard form.

Anner Whitehead

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