What's the big deal?

Don Staples dstaples at livingston.net
Mon Dec 15 00:24:01 EST 1997

Well said, Larry.  This group, and hopefully alt.forestry when more than
three can get it, is generally made up of fairly mature (jury still out
on Joe and I) folks with at least one common interest, which draws us
here.  We don't always agree, but we manage to keep it civil.

If you want to maintain the  reserve about your self, fine, but you'll
receive less than your fair share of these news groups.  You will note
that no one (that I am aware of) has said "If you don't want to join our
little club, go away".  This is a voluntary effort on the part of folks
who are interested in forestry, nature, production of a supermarket
worth of plant life,  and a host of other subjects.  Join us or not,
build an identity or not, you wont hurt our feelings.  Besides, it's
free, and you only get out of it what you put into it.

Larry Caldwell wrote:
> In article <3491A2D3.68AA at hendrix.com>, jimi <jimi at hendrix.com> wrote:
> > Why be so hung up on my anonymity (sp?)?
> Heck, I don't know.  As a matter of fact, I don't much care who you are.
> I've been on the internet since 1989, and have personally met ten
> people out of the hundreds I have corresponded with online.  None of
> them looked a bit like I thought they would look, and a couple weren't
> even the gender I expected.
> Most people don't bother to use a pseudonym on the internet, because
> frankly, nobody cares who you are.
> Who you are is not your name and phone number, it is what you do and
> why you do it; what you think and why you think it.  Joseph is an
> independent forest consultant in Massachusetts, Don does the same in
> Texas, Mike Hagen is in Washington.  I'm a small landowner in Oregon,
> Daniel Wheeler is a semi-pro mycologist in Portland, Oregon, ... heck,
> I'm running out of names.  We all have our axes to grind, and sometimes
> we disagree pretty heatedly.
> If you're going to get into the conversation, you have to back up your
> posts with who you are.  A surprising number of people here are really
> experts in the subject of forestry, and deal with it in some capacity
> on a regular basis.  The readership is also international, with people
> posting from Northern Europe, South Africa, and South America in the
> last couple months.
> A spoofed email address is certainly common on usenet, but be aware that
> many of us also communicate by email, and CC each other on items not
> posted to the newsgroup.  But hey, I don't feel motivated to upgrade my
> web browser, so I can't participate in Steve Nix's live forestry chats.
> Everybody needs to know when to turn the machine off.
> Your phone number and date of birth is not who you are, and that's not
> what people are asking for when they ask who you are.  You can be Batman
> for all anybody cares, but that would mean you have an interest in
> promoting small tree cavity nesting sites, and would be germane to the
> conversation.
> Capice?
> -- Larry

Don Staples

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