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Re: We need an editor

R. Dennis Hager wrote:
> I'm a short timer on iris-l and I am forced to make a few observations
> about postings. I preface all that I say with a thank you to those who
> have provided great information in this forum.
> I wade through so many irrelevant postings that I am tempted to quit. I
> tried the digest form. It was so long that I switched back. I've saved
> 10 postings, have 36 more that may be pertinent and immediately put 100
> more in the trash immediately--and that's in the last 7 days.

Dennis Stoneburner replys:

Well I must put on my gardening shoes and hop into this one:

Yes, what you say is true.  I have stop posting and responding to this 
list lately because it has become boring and most of the messages are 
deleted after a quick skim.  Substance is what we need - quality not 
quantity.  Yes, I would also agree that many messages could have and 
should have been posted to the person in question.  But, no we do not 
need an editor.  We all need to decide that quality Iris discussion is 
the order of the day. 
I'm afraid that this list has become like most of the AIS Robins in 
flight.  They started off with substance, but many now talk about who is 
having a baby, who is changing jobs ETC.  not discussion about the topic 
of the robin.  If serious discussion is in order, than a discussion about 
the future of the American Iris Society is tops on the list.  We have 
lost our vision, out money and now our members (1000+ lately).  Am I the 
only one who is concerned about the loss of that many members?  What do 
we have to offer them to come back, or those who are left.  Many 3 year 
memberships will be coming up for renewal, and guess what folks - they 
won't.  If we lose many more members, AIS will be in deep garden compost.

My appeal:  Please Iris-L members - quality not quantity.

Dennis Stoneburner

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