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From: "John Jardine"
Subject: Re: question about newsgroup rules
Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2002 17:18:14 -0000
NNTP-Posting-Date: 14 Dec 2002 17:05:36 GMT
X-Newsreader: Microsoft Outlook Express 5.00.2615.200
Don Pearce wrote in message
> On Sat, 14 Dec 2002 14:35:53 -0000, "John Jardine"
> >Bob Dickerman wrote in message
> >> Is it OK to notify the group about an eBay auction for test and
> >> equipment (such as an oscilloscope or LCR meter), or would that be
> >> considered SPAM?
> >> --
> >> Robert L. Dickerman
> >> Dickerman Electronics
> >> 32 Alexander Hill Road
> >> Northfield, MA 01360
> >> 413-498-5461
> >Most definitely spam. (even if with the best of intentions).
> >If I see the 'FS' somewhere I have to make effort to delete it, as it
> >in the way of the good stuff I may wish to read.
> >Most of the the UK ebay, scopes and LCR meters and other equipments are
> >small time commercial operators. Notice for example how the listings are
> >clogged up with PAT testing equipment and rubbish electrical gear.
> >Hate to see these particular groups gummed up the same way many others
> >If I want to buy a particular kit, I'll look at what (say) ebay is
> >Not otherwise
> >It's really a question of maintaining standards and a purity of purpose
> >within a culture awash with crass, basal commercialism.
> Interesting. When I read a newsgroup listing, I see many threads which
> I decide I don't want to read, but they don't get in the way of any of
> the other threads, nor do I need to delete them. I strongly suspect
> you need to get yourself a better newsreader.
> As for purity of purpose whose purpose, precisely, would that be? Not
> yours by any chance...
> Telecommunications consultant
It's a personal style thing using Outlook express and groups. I'll tend to
switch the computer on and spend maybe an hour each day just 'trawling' back
and forth across a number of groups. I'll read what looks interesting and
mark as 'read' any others. New posts turn up in bold typeface and are
instantly visible. spam gets in the way of this, as either it is obviously
spam and has to be marked off, or looks like a valid post and may be
The "purity of purpose" is not my own. My own "purity of purpose" is simply
to have have impossible amounts of sex and to die fabulously wealthy aged
The "purity of purpose" I referred to is the fundamental 'raison d'etre' for
which the whole groups concept exists.
I didn't invent the the concept. I have had no part in forming it or any of
the resulting groups. These groups had been extant years before I came
along. I'm just a casual observer watching on the sidelines.
What I have seen though, has been agreeable enough for me to subscribe to
the core idea. (the "purpose" bit).
Concievably, I may have totally misunderstood the idea behind a group but
essentially I thought it was simply a meeting place for group of people with
similar dedicated interests. It's open 24/365 for people drop in and out and
chat about things that interest/stimulate/amuse.
**I've yet though, to find an electronics person, who takes active pleasure
in reading random advertisments**.
Therefore the more advertisments that appear on a newsgroup, then the less
the group is of value to its subscribers and consequently the groups
purpose is attenuated. (the "purity" bit)
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