I remember feeling that way when I first came on the forum, too. I actually
got into a dialogue with a person who seemed to write on and on about her
thoughts and opinions with words the size of the planet (I think just to
hear herself talk.) Anyhow, I no longer feel that way thanks to people like
Kevin B. and others. I don't contribute much because I am far from a Mark
Twain Scholar even though I live in Elmira where he wrote a lot of his best
works, but I sure do enjoy the information and the discussions. I have a
special file that I save a lot of this information in.
Hope even the new people will not feel as I did at first.
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From: "Wesley Britton" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2001 2:05 PM
Subject: newer Forum members
> Judging from postings to me privately and on this Forum, I see a need to
> address a more important matter than a long out-dated controversy.
> Several folks stated they now feel reluctant to post questions or make
> comments in the light of the heavy-duty "war horses" responses to queries.
> I deeply hope this doesn't happen. This issue has arisen before with some
> types complaining about high school students asking for term paper help to
> those who want no discussions at all and simply want to read scholarly
> information. From time to time, lively discussions do erupt over any
> of matters, and no one should feel they are not welcome to pose questions
> contribute to the debate. Sure, some questions may have been asked
> and repeatedly, and sometimes referring such questions to our Forum
> is a good response. But I hope no non-academic or newbie to the
> will ever pull back from honest questions or responses to them. Asking
> definitive books are out there was a perfectly valid question and resulted
> in the most engaging discussion we've had in ages. Thanks for asking.
> And I thank those who observed that the central point John and I were
> to make is that we were telling a general reader why we're cautious in the
> books to recommend. Controversy will occur time and time again and
> nothing wrong with that. We are, after all, the champions of HUCKLEBERRY