Re: Comments please

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From:"Barry Rittman" <>
To:histonet <>
Date:Thu, 22 Jul 1999 16:42:48 -0500
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To add to a seemingly endless and long discussion....
I agree with most of the comments that have been on here. I would point out that it is
easy with email to press the wrong button hence some of the silly and humorous spelling
we often do and see. It is even easier to put someone's button when they have had a bad
One of the biggest problems is not that questions are silly but rather that they are
incomplete. This is not confined to the histonet. If we have a problem we are anxious to
get the best expertise as quickly as possible. The problem is that while we know
precisely the responses we wish for, it is often not possible to respond unless there is
complete information. The questions that seem to  generate the most timely responses are
those with complete information as this allows us to think about the problem and
eliminate some of the obvious causes etc. I feel that we all learn from these questions
and responses.
We often reply to individuals with requests for more information because in many
instances we may be only peripherally familiar with the technique in question and do not
wish to appear naive or uninformed if we send to the histonet. (then at least in our
minds we would be asking a stupid question).
Finally let us not forget that some of the significant changes in techniques have
resulted from individuals asking what we would consider simple questions such as why do
this etc.

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