Hear hear!
Must agree with SOFA where he talks about signal versus noise when it 
comes to FZ discussion. At the same time - and I say this in my 
capacity of KUR forum moderator - there is a risk in the vine/weed talk 
in that it tends to shut down any other discussion about FZ. I've seen 
it happen with KUR's forums, and it seems to be happening to the 
zappa-list as well. Don't get me wrong, the whole vine/weed scene is 
fine and dandy - heck I've had some wonderful stuff sent off to me 
through it. Thing is: some deeper discussion is always appreciated and 
should not get lost amidst the hunt for boots...

(says the Guy Who Never Posts Anything On The Zappa List ;-)


> Sometimes I wonder the same thing Glen...
> Without actually counting everyone's mail preference, I did a little 
> "representative" math and I figure less than 30% of the List members 
> receive the posts made here. I'll go out on a limb and say that it's 
> most likely the same for KUR (and a good percentage of the posts there 
> are strictly for vine tracking purposes) - tho' their forums are not 
> really an 'email list'. I belong to another, much smaller, group that 
> has a little better than half the members receiving the messages 
> directly...
> In all of these, only a small percentage of the members actually 
> respond themselves.
> Some folks prefer to lurk, I guess. I know that I check-in at KUR 
> every day, but I only respond when I have something to say - a lurker 
> by default if you will...
> I visited a new FZ yahoogroup the other day. There was activity, but 
> not what the membership number would indicate as really "active". I 
> perused a page of messages, and found all of it rather pedestrian - no 
> one really had anything to say. I didn't join.
> Let's consider the Zappa forums for a moment. There's a TON of stuff 
> to read there, every Zappafan in the world has thrown in their two 
> cents - but, really, how much of that is discussion worthy. Not much, 
> IMO. So numbers don't always mean much. The content 'says' a lot more.
> The folks who post here seem to have more to actually say - the reason 
> that I love this List.
> Sorry to have bored anyone...
> Music is the BEST!

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