Answers to a few questions
- Hi everyone....
Here are some answers to some questions I have gotten privately, and
thought everyone would like to know the answers....
1. I have reset the list to "reply to list" as after I set it to reply
to sender I got many emails asking to set it back to the list.
Personally, I think that's better at this point anyway. We're all just
going to have to pay attention to email privately if you don't think the
whole list would benefit from the topic or discussion. If we get to be a
really large list, this decision may be reconsidered.
2. I cannot undo the prepend of [SLOVAK-ROOTS] to the list messages, nor
can I shorten it. This is done automatically by onelist, and I have no
say so in it. (By the way, at Rootsweb you can choose to prepend or not,
but can't shorten it.... so its a lot of fun being on lists with long
names like GERMAN-BOHEMIAN or something!) I tried to keep the name
short, while still being descriptive. It was the best I could do.
3. The description of the list is "locating information on ancestors of
the former Austria-Hungary and/or the former Czechoslovakia" on the
onelist site, and is slightly different on John Fullers site. I wanted
to emphasize the SLOVAK aspect as for those researching in the Austria
and Germany areas of the former A-H, the AUSTRIA and many German lists
on Rootsweb are able to answer questions pretty well, but I personally
never got much help on those lists. The emphasis on this list is on
"Slovak" searching , which to me is mostly the areas of modern day
Hungary and Czech and Slovak Republics. Possibly I did not express it
well enough, but to me if you are searching in this area you'll know if
this list applies to your ancestors or not. My relatives still refer to
themselves as Slovak, no matter where the borders were. If anyone can
suggest a better wording please feel free to make suggestions. List
descriptions can be changed without too much difficulty.
I think you will find I am always open to suggestions, my only really
hard and fast rules are going to deal with the off-topic posts. I
strongly feel that this list should be for genealogy only, but that it
can still be a friendly and open place. My SHAMROCK list is very
successful for these same reasons, there was no Irish genealogy list
that specifically excluded those off topic posts.... and while we may
have a problem once in awhile, its pretty problem free. Of course, with
1300 people you're going to have problems no matter how hard you try!
We're small right now, but I expect we will grow. FEEFHS is anxious to
support us and help develop a website for us. A lot of people are on
vacations now, and when people get back and find out about us we'll have
I always want you to feel that you can suggest things to me. I can't
always promise we'll do them, and I realized long ago running genealogy
lists that I am not going to always please everyone. But I can promise
you that I will always do what is best for the list, and try and keep
this a helpful and friendly place to search.
Thanks for your continued help and cooperation.
Maura Petzolt Mobile Alabama USA
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