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    Re: Th Nav-L Email List
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2006 Apr 13, 11:14 +0100

    Alex wrote-
    | If the list is owned by the subscribers, as Dan writes,
    | then, as a subscriber, I propose
    | to all other subscribers:
    | 1. TO KEEP IT AS IT IS.
    | I hope he will agree if we ask.
    | Of course, everyone if free to start a new list,
    | but I see no reasons for all of us to "move there".
    I agree completely with those sentiments.
    I like the way this list runs. It proceeds smoothly, on its own course, and 
    the skipper intervenes only rarely, and when absolutely
    necessary, with a light touch on the tiller. Its crew are (in general) 
    friendly, courteous, argumentative, helpful, mischievous,
    intelligent, keen to learn. What more could anyone ask for? Let's keep it the way it is.
    However, there may be more we could usefully add.-
    We are all mortal, we are subject to occasional incapacity, we even go away on cruises and holidays.
    Dan needs a deputy, perhaps more than one, who can share what powers he has, 
    and can exercise them on his (and our) behalf in his
    Such a deputy wouldn't need to be a regular contributor to our list. Better if 
    not, really, just as in Dan's case. Not being a
    combatant in disputes, he can intervene impartially on the rare occasions when it's called for.
    He has written-
    > Now I am a practical sailor, not a navigator, not a mathematician, and NOT a 
    computer or internet expert.
    Which is fair enough. Would he agree, if I suggest that perhaps he may be a 
    bit out of his depth, in regard to our present
    missing-messages problem? That's a serious matter, in my view, and needs 
    taking seriously, not belittled. But better not to destroy
    Nav-l to fix it.
    Ideally, a deputy would be a fellow that's competent to help Dan out, by 
    investigating what's going wrong, and taking steps toward
    putting it right. Would Dan welcome such an arrangement? If so, who will step 
    up to have a tin star pinned to his chest?
    Our present technical problems have been described as "echo" messages, which 
    distracts from the reality. Echo is the wrong word. The
    evidence seems to me that messages arrive late, sometimes months late; 
    messages that have never been seen before by that recipient,
    though they may have been seen by others. They are not in any way echoes. An 
    echo is always preceded by hearing the original sound.
    contact George Huxtable at george@huxtable.u-net.com
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.

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