[Bioperl-l] [BioSQL-l] personal vs list email

Chris Fields cjfields at uiuc.edu
Sat Apr 12 16:17:43 EDT 2008

On Apr 12, 2008, at 1:10 PM, Hilmar Lapp wrote:

> I'm not sure why but I have received several Bioperl or BioSQL- 
> related email inquiries directed to me *personally* over the past  
> few weeks.
> I have been responding as I get to them, but I feel that I am doing  
> both the senders and this community a poor service, because  
> sometimes someone else on the list could have responded much faster,  
> and when I respond, others on the list who happen to be interested  
> in the same question don't get to see the answer.
> So from now on as a policy I will redirect *every* email sent to me  
> personally and that asks a question related to one of the projects  
> to the respective mailing list. If you don't want this, please  
> conspicuously say so at the top of your email, and in that case if  
> you do ask a project-related question be prepared to wait and to  
> possibly needing to follow up.
> As an aside, it's a pretty safe assumption to make that all other  
> core developers, and quite possibly *all* developers are following a  
> similar policy, whether expressly or not.

I agree; I'm sure several other core devs feel the same way.  I always  
try to forward these to the list if I feel it is more relevant there.

> Isn't this somewhere in the FAQ too?
> 	-hilmar

No, but I've added it to the bioperl FAQ; might be worth checking over  
and editing.


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