On Wed, 6 Dec 1995, Guillermo Uribe wrote: > > Let's keep thinking about it. Why don't you all try one of the suggestions > and see if it solves your traffic jams? I would rather keep the list > together for the benefit of all. Guillermo and other LRNASST'rs, Given the altenative formats that I am currently aware of, I cast my vote for keeping LRNASST intact; a holistic learning assistance list, if you will. The wealth of information, the plethora of opinions, and the collegiality of this group combine to make LRNASST a living, breathing, organic entity that should be afforded the opportunity to revel in its unfettered freedom a bit longer before being subdued. Being a private person by nature, but a promoter of group and team learning by profession, it is my distinct belief that LRNASST currently achieves that which some of us have been espousing for years. Often we (LRNASST'rs) experience a synergistic outcome as a result of the input from other members; input that is borne of internal motivation with an expectation that the assistance rendered to the other party will be the reward in and of itself. Couple the above attributes of LRNASST with the personal latitude to quit for a while when one becomes too drunk on this heady stuff, and LRNASST indeed becomes a dynamic method of knowledge transfer that is somewhat self-perpetuating. Besides, if we begin slicing off pieces of the list, how am I going to know which topic sub-group Perry Franklin will select? I might miss his bizarre puns if I choose to participate in the wrong sub-group! And Gene Kiersten's nuggets of wisdom. And Martha's salient snippets of indigenous research. And Ed Ketz's homespun apostraphied witticisms. And Barbara Bonham's timely visits. And the Australian connection. And... And... And... No. Don't hobble it down, crank its ear, and bridle it up just yet. Let it taste the air of higher altitudes for a while and come down to water only when it needs it. Patrick Schutz P.S. I participated for quite a while on another listserv. It satisfied some professional needs UNTIL it was drawn, quartered, and segmented beyond recognition. Now I only visit on occasion, and find the dialogue to be too single-topic-centered for my eclectic tastes. I empathize with our colleagues who are getting too much data, too fast, and from too many sources to actually take the time to turn it all into potentially useful information. MY choice has been to restrict my usage of other listserves until I have exhausted all other alternatives. But, I draw the line at LRNASST. With THIS listserv, I want it all!