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Re: Iris and daylily web sites and lists

> I don't really think you can compare a fifty-year-old specialist
> hort society using the Internet to expand communications opportunities
> for its members to Microsoft or AOL.

I see it your way, Nell, I truly do... people using technology to
replace regular mail, and that that mail has a right to be private among
its participants.

> However, people interested in daylilies as garden plants among other garden
> plants, or in collecting and evaluating them on a small scale without
> necessarily being focused on the newest cultivars, or in hybridizing without
> any thought of eventual introduction or even much in the way of goals -- AHS
> members included -- would probably be better served by a different forum than
> the AHS e-robin anyway.

Not necessarily so!  And couldn't they be allowed to decide for
themselves by joining the list and dropping it if it wasn't to their

> What's missing is someone with a burning desire to
> set up and get a listserver going.  Someone who doesn't necessarily want to
> join the AHS but is very interested in daylilies and concerned about the needs
> of those other non-AHS daylily growers or might-be-growers out there. Someone
> whose belief system abhors private use of the Internet, even by nonprofit
> organizations......

Ah Nell!

If I *could* start a mailing list, I would... but I lack the
infrastructure to begin with, and the time even if I did have the
infrastructure.  I'm too busy.  I'd love to put my 'time where my mouth
was' but I can't.

I only mention this when it comes up.  I remember the inception of this
list... where Tom and Kathy were having a discussion as to whether to
call this or that a 'mailing list' or a 'robin.'  The AHS is
*definitely* a robin and is closed to outside members.  To this end, if
it's private, it *shouldn't* be on ANY list of Internet mailing lists
and should be publicized ONLY through traditional AHS outlets (the
existing snail-mail robins, the newsletters, etc.).  That's why I wasn't
surprised that it wasn't mentioned in the magazine article.  The people
who are allowed on that list already know about it.

I will someday break down and either join AHS or start another list, but
I can't right now.  I'd rather just sit in and listen on that subject
that be an active participant -- a 'lurker' ... but that's OK to my mind
because I participate in many other mailing lists and USENET.  If you
look at the Internet as a community, you don't expect everyone to
participate in EVERYTHING or have nothing to do with it.  You do what
you can, where you can, help others, and receive help in return.  Just
like you are not your own doctor, lawyer, teacher, policeman, etc...

Iris:  I received a small shipment of Dutch iris from Dutch Gardens.
Romano and Symphony are two I remember.
Amy Moseley Rupp
amyr@mpd.tandem.com, Austin, TX, zone 8b
Jill O. *Trades
Mistress O. {}

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