From the Ancestry Daily News
Deleted Postings Roasting on an Open FireHo, Ho, Ho! Merry Christmas! Doesn't everyone on the list want to receive my greetings of holiday cheer? Maybe, but maybe not.
Deciding whether or not to post a holiday greeting to the list is a question every list member should ask. There are times when the decision is clear. There are times when it is not. While not all genealogists are grinches, there are some things to remember:
2) Do you send Christmas cards to everyone who attends your local genealogical society meetings? Probably not.
3) Do you stand up at your local genealogical society meeting and wish everyone a "Merry Christmas?" Probably not.
2) There are people with limited hard drive space.
3) There are people who can receive a limited number of messages per day.
4) There are people who pay per minute charges to get their e-mail at home.
5) Many lists archive their messages. Archiving 500-1,000 messages of Christmas cheer eats valuable space.
2) Posting an offer to do lookups in a resource that you have access to;
3) Briefly posting to the list how you researched your ancestors in the area or region that is the list's focus;
4) Offering to share your expertise about a specific subject;
5) Or writing any other message in the "spirit of giving." After all, that's what the season is supposed to be about.
Spreading Christmas cheer to your online friends is great. However, it should be done privately. Keep an address book with the e-mail addresses of the online friends with whom you correspond. This will facilitate sending them holiday wishes.
Also, if there are a few holiday posts from well-meaning people, don't let traffic on the list turn into an argument about whether or not holiday wishes should be posted. There are several reasons for this:
2) Others on the list really don't want to listen to arguments about non-genealogical items.
3) Many people have less time during the holidays to read the normal amount of listserve traffic, let alone to sift through holiday posts and/or arguments. You don't want to increase the chance that someone who could answer your post, inadvertently deletes it amongst all off-topic traffic.
4) All of the resulting nastiness of the arguments, both for and against, may also be archived, wasting more valuable space.
5) It's a "no win" situation to reprimand others for posting holiday wishes. You will be labeled as a "Scrooge" by some (who will undoubtedly fill your mailbox with "Bah-humbugs"), and championed by others (who will undoubtedly fill your mailbox with "Me toos"), and the resulting flame war will only add to the congestion.
Twas the night before Christmas and on every list
Michael John Neill, is the Course I Coordinator at the Genealogical Institute of Mid America (GIMA) held annually in Springfield, Illinois, and is also on the faculty of Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois. Michael is the Web columnist for the FGS FORUM and is on the editorial board of the Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly. He conducts seminars and lectures on a wide variety of genealogical and computer topics and contributes to several genealogical publications, including Ancestry Magazine and Genealogical Computing.
Used by the author on his website with permission.
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