Saying goodbye

Subject: Saying goodbye
From: (Stephen Mugford)
Date: Thu, 2 Apr 1998 09:37:36 +1000
Shortly, I'll be sending an unsubscribe message to the system, but before I
do I thought I'd say farewell and explain why I'm exiting soemting that has
had valeu for me.

I've enjoyed being on the chat line in general, and I've had a lot of
pleasure reading some of the material, esp. trip reports.

But, without re-opening too many of the old wounds about what the 'purpose'
of birding-aus might be, I for one have found that the overall effect of
the site has shifted to a mode where one gets swamped.

I use email by logging in from my home/office to a server via phone modem
-- quite a bit slower (even at 28800 bps) than (say) logging into a
mainframe in a big organisation. A few of my messages are important and
urgent and I need to be able to access them quickly.

Typically now, I log in in the morning and I'm told I have 35-40 messages.
it is not unusual for the vast bulk to be from the bird site. I download
(tick, tick, tick) and then have to sift to see if there is anything

Someone said recently that 'there is always the delete button'. Indeed. And
for some while now I've been deleting w/o reading messages from some
contributors who I consider twerps with an infantile sense of humour.

Recently, I 've been deleting ALL the birding aus messages most days. This
has been especially the case when, after a trip away for 48 hours, I return
to find 100+ messages choking my system. This would worry me if I thought
most were really useful. But I don't. When I get into SOME of the threads
they are either very esoteric or else very trivial.

I figure, if I'm not reading any, the site is no use, so I'm leaving. A
pity. I'd still like to be involved if we had fewer, better quality
messages (I'll especially miss Edwin Vella's trip reports) but the swamping
is too much.

Hope I'm in a minority.

Au revoir

Stephen Mugford

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