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On Tue, 1 Feb 2000, Peggy Beck wrote:

> I thought the same things as Meg Shimmels when she wrote::
> "Peter and all,
> I would strongly disagree that the "tearjerkers" thread is off-topic!
> How
> can bibliographies of these very endearing, and enduring books possibly
> be considered OT?

I agree too, yes, but every wonderful conversation has a time to end and
this one's time needed to come, and to make space for other necessary
topics to be addressed. I do believe that this topic has been made into a
Web page. Also, our policy on that sort of topic is to use the Target-Hit

   Your LM_NET moderators are suggesting an additional way to focus our
   discussions, and make them more valuable in the process.  This may seem
   a bit more formal that is common on most lists, but it might serve us well
   as we grow (we now have more than 12,000 people reading the list.) We
   recommend that members specifically TARGET-> their queries, and use a
   HIT-> summary to share their responses received.

   That is, when someone wants information about a topic (e.g., online
   catalogs), they would ask for people to respond to them directly, and
   after a period of time, post a summary or compilation of responses. The
   originator of the TARGET-> question uses that term in the subject line of
   the initial question that is posted to the entire list.

   For example,  "TARGET-> Choosing Online Catalogs - March 1993." would
   appear in the subject line of the message.  In the body of the message the
   person might say something like the following:
     "Hi, this is Mike Eisenberg.  I would like to TARGET-> Choosing Online
   Catalogs.  I'd like to find out how others on LM_NET are choosing their
   Online Catalogs.  If people will respond to me, I'll compile your
   responses and post A HIT-> on the topic back to the entire LM_NET."

   Then, when enough responses are collected, the originator summarizes
   or compiles the responses, and posts the summary as a HIT->
   so everyone on the list can read, _if_ they are interested. This is a
   terrific way to add value to the list.  And it will cut down on some of
   the extra traffic.  It also still allows for stimulating discussions
   about key issues.

   The TARGET/HIT-> approach is particularly effective when someone has a
   specific question that needs a variety of suggestions, experiences,
   practices or sources.  It is not _always_ appropriate.  The intent of
   TARGET/HIT-> is to make LM_NET more valuable to its growing list of

SUMMARY:  TARGET/HIT-> is a four-step process:
   1.  The TARGET-> originator proposes the subject for answering/commenting.
       i.e., TARGET-> Choosing Online Catalogs.
   2.  Those interested in the subject send their responses to the
       _originator_ of the TARGET-> question. Please do NOT post the
       response to the group.
   3.  TARGET-> originator summarizes or collates the responses, and then,
   4.  Posts the summarized responses to the entire list, using the original
       subject of their message as a HIT->.
       i.e., HIT-> Choosing Online Catalogs.

   Thank you for your support of this innovation for improved Internet

Peter Milbury and Mike Eisenberg, LM_NET Co-owners

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