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    Frank's postings
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2004 Dec 1, 14:58 +0000

    Frank's Postings
    
    I always look forward to Frank Reed's contributions to this list, which are
    usually full of insight, and well expressed.
    
    However, he appears to deal with Nav-l traffic in an ususual way, which has
    some implications for readers. It seems that he accumulates archived
    material, and then deals with the resulting collection by responding, as he
    thinks fit, one by one, to each contribution as he gets to it, in order of
    receipt. Of course, he is perfectly entitled to respond to the list in any
    way he wishes.
    
    However, problems occur when a question arises that has subsequently been
    answered, or when a discussion has moved on from the earlier postings. This
    can result in Frank sending a superfluous message, or sending a number of
    messages on the same topic. We have to allow for this when we read his
    postings.
    
    If I have misunderstood his procedure, no doubt he will put me right.
    
    What I suggest would be more useful for us all, including Frank, is that
    when he decides to deal with his stockpile of messages, he READS them ALL
    first. Then, knowing which questions have already been answered, and
    knowing where the discussion has by then got to, he can apply finger to
    keyboard and tailor his replies accordingly.
    
    It is, of course, a problem that faces all of us that don't have instant
    e-mail; that when we post to Nav-l, we don't know how far the discussions
    have proceeded since we last downloaded from our in-box. For most of us,
    that interval is no more than a few hours. In Frank's case, it can be
    several days; that's when the problems arise.
    
    George.
    
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    01865 820222 (from outside UK, +44 1865 820222), or by mail at 1 Sandy
    Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
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