Monthly Report for April '10
- Whether due in part to my gloomy prediction on the 27th or not,
I don't know, but there was a flurry of activity the last three days
of the month that turned it from what was looking like a poor
month into a good one. Both Rick and Judy sent in messages
at a crucial point, and the traffic mushroomed from there. The
indicators I've been following each month look like this:
(1) Goal of 45 messages per month: We hit 49 (Yahoogroups
shows 50, but I deleted a dupe from Jack Kilmon).
(2) Comparison with monthly average: The adjusted 7-year
average for April is 53, which is at the top of the monthly
averages. I'm satisfied that we even came close to it.
(3) Member-participation: The goal here is at least two-thirds
from members other than myself. For April, it was 69.4%, so
I'm pleased with that.
As to the number of contributors, there was a goodly number
in April - 8 other than myself. The major players were Rick H.
(12 messages), Judy R. (10), and Bob S. (5). Paterson Brown
and Rick V. contributed two each (the majority of Rick V's many
messages having arrived early this month rather than the end of
last). In addition, there were single postings by Jordan Stratford,
Ron McCann, and Jack Kilmon. Heartfelt thanks to all. Remember
that we depend on you. I hope and believe that we give you some
value in return for your time and effort.
There are two procedural matters I feel the need to address:
(1) Posters are urged in the strongest terms to DELETE from
their own message the one(s) to which they're responding! Or
copy just the minimum relevant portion(s) at the relevant spot(s).
Uncareful disregard of posting rules is resulting in rampant clutter,
up with which we will not put (to quote a famous line).
(2) The current probability discussions seem to me to have
been both unsatisfactory (in terms of clarity and conciseness)
and unnecessary. I haven't consulted with the moderators on
this yet, but it may come to that, if the participants don't find a
way to curtail the excessive technical verbiage. Fair warning.