13.0081 long conference messages

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Thu, 1 Jul 1999 17:16:46 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 13, No. 81.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 14:45:27 +0000
From: Francois Crompton-Roberts <F.Crompton-Roberts@qmw.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: 13.0075 long conference messages...

> Here's a double-barreled proposal for Humanist's long-suffering editors:
> (i) Ask that any conference description should be limited to twenty lines of
> text. (I think that this is far more than adequate. All that's really needed
> is: title, place, date, URL, email address for people without web access. The
> web page or private message can discuss languages, prices, parking facilities,
> etc.)
> (ii) Refuse to post or even abridge anything that's longer. I know that
> Willard has in the past put a lot of effort and time into removing the flab
> from these messages. I don't see why he should bother, and suggest that
> conference organizers would very quickly learn to do it for themselves once
> they see their more verbose messages being redirected to NUL.

Hear, hear, I'll second this proposal. If the gist of the info can be
given in one screenful of a web page, so can it in a posting to
Humanist. Humanist is no place for the actual booking form that we
too often see!

Francois C-R

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