"Use The Difficulty!"
One of my favorite actors, Michael Caine, is attributed with a quote that has guided my career and life for the past several years >>>
“I was rehearsing a play, and there was a scene that went on before me, then I had to come in the door. They rehearsed the scene, and one of the actors had thrown a chair at the other one. It landed right in front of the door where I came in. I opened the door and then rather lamely, I said to the producer who was sitting out in the stalls,’Well, look, I can’t get in. There’s a chair in my way.’ He said,’Well, use the difficulty.’ So I said ‘What do you mean, use the difficulty?’ He said ‘Well, if it’s a drama, pick it up and smash it. If it’s a comedy, fall over it.’ This was a line for me for life: Always use the difficulty.
>>> I Believe That The Time Has Come To "Use The Difficulty" >>>
As many know, listservs and discussion e-lists have overlapping/ related scope >>> E.G. > IMHO >
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As result, while some will subscribe only to what s/he considers *Most Relevant* to his / her personal / professional interests, others will subscribe to any / all that are considered relevant in order to be as fully aware of developments of actual or potential interest.
Observation > Some Have A Broad Perspective On Issues, Others Do Not.
As a result, those who subscribe to lists with related / similar scope will receive duplicate postings.
Although less common now [?], with the explosion of listservs and other discussion e-lists beginning in the 1990s, it was standard for a posting to have the heading >>>
"Apologies For Duplicate Postings"
I later modified the header to state >>>
"Apologies For Receipt Of Duplicate Postings"
IMHO > Similar But Not Really >
I ceased including either heading at the recommendation of a well-respected information scientist a few years ago >>>
For many / some receiving duplicate postings is a major annoyance that only further overloads their Information Overload [:-)]
For others, the 'Delete' is routinely used >> >
Some / others make use of the filtering functions in their respective e-mail system ...
Still others engage in personal / professional attacks ; criticisms of the poster [:-(] for posting on a discussion list >>>
Aren't They 'Discussion' Lists? [:-)]
It has occurred to me that we have not significantly developed or lobbied for a DeDup function in e-mail services such that identical postings are either Blocked or Junked.
BTW: As many know A DeDup or Remove Duplicate(s) function has been available in databases for many years, and has become even more importance in Federated / Discovey services >>>
As a result of a non-exhautive Google search, I've several DeDup technologies >>>
> 1-Click Duplicate Delete
Deduper - Duplicate Remover for Microsoft® Outlook®
Duplicate Email Remover 2.15.3
IMHO: A DeDup Feature /Function Must / Should Be An Integral / Integrated Component Of All E-Mail Systems > Without Additional Cost !!!
Let The Lobbying Begin >>> How About It ? Bill ; Eric ; Etc. >>>
BTW> The Major Library-Related Listserv/ Discussion Services (ALA, IFLA, JISC, SLA, ETC.) Should Implement A DeDup Function ASAP >>>
IMHO > If Such A Function Currently Exists, It Should Be Widely Promoted >>>
BTW: ] I Did Do A Non-Exhaustive Search But Did Not Find Such A Function [?][
But ... It Could Be Me Or Our Recent Flood [:-(]
Let The Conservations Continue >>>
"Use The Difficulty" / The Time Has Come !!!