[vcf-midatlantic] vcf-midatlantic Digest, Vol 38, Issue 20 - a digest with NO vintage content

Dean Notarnicola dnotarnicola at gmail.com
Wed Jul 21 17:14:18 UTC 2021

I concur with Andy’s statements. This list has traditionally been for
discusion of vintage computing, but also computing in general and other
loosely related science/technology/engineering topics. If it occasionally
sounds like a club it’s because there are people here are passionate about
the subjects and have been around and known each other for a long time.
This means that they are comfortable debating all sorts of topics that may
be not razor-focused on vintage tech. Personally, I learn a lot from the
varied discussions. They occasionally veer off-track, but are generally
self correcting.


On Wed, Jul 21, 2021 at 11:52 AM Andrew Diller via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> Hello-
> > On Jul 21, 2021, at 10:25 AM, Crawford Griffith via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> >
> > Alex,
> >
> > Hey, I’m trying to decide if I should sound off on this…. The
> > VCF-midatlantic mail list seems to achieved a sort-of milestone.  I got
> an
> > entire daily digest of non-vintage content.  I thought this list was for
> > announcing VCF events?  Or at least Vintage related?
> >
> This list is for general VCF / vintage talk and discussion. As current
> membership is very loosely defined, currently the only definition of a
> member of VCF is that you are a subscriber to _this_ list. I hope that you
> feel like you can participate for almost any reason- esp if you feel like
> something isn't going the way it should.
> There is another, announce only list you may be thinking of that the VCF
> Board runs - as I'm not on the Board (I'm a member of the VCF Mid-Atlantic
> Steering Committee) I'm not exactly sure what that Board list is used for.
> But this list is hopefully a resource for like-minded people to talk about
> general vintage issues, problems, questions.. and printers.
> > A little context:  I really think communities should stay on topic, or
> they
> > will start losing the interest of their members.  If someone comes in
> new,
> > and sees a community just blathering on, especially off-topic, it seems
> > like just an exclusive clique.  I am a big fan of signal-to-noise ratio
> > (SNR).  When you get to SNR ‘divide by zero’ error, we lose people
> > silently who just drop away, and the Foghorn Leghorns stay on and make it
> > worse.  I’ve seen entire corporate email infrastructures crushed by
> > reply-all storms, so I am a bit sensitive to misuse of emails and
> > un-necessarily broadband communication.
> >
> My personal feeling is that this list stays on topic very well, and even
> if it veers off every once in a while it's for good reasons. Refurbing
> printer rollers is really closer to our vintage wheelhouse than many many
> many other topics.
> > I’ve thought several times to ask Bruce to step in and state some rules /
> > principles of the list.  I would gladly help draft this, if it would
> help.
> >
> Do you mean Brace, as in Jeff Brace? If so, he is here.
> > Please let me know what you think.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Crawford
> >
> -andy diller
> VCF Steering Cmte Member

More information about the vcf-midatlantic mailing list