Improving SNR on the list (DeLiang Wang )

Subject: Improving SNR on the list
From:    DeLiang Wang  <dwang(at)CIS.OHIO-STATE.EDU>
Date:    Mon, 21 May 2001 12:15:09 -0400

Dear list subscribers, We have recently seen lots of exchange on this list, some of which are heated and more proper as private communications. Frankly, many of us simply delete lots of them, without even finishing reading the first paragraph. Incidentally, I'm also on another email list, call "Connectionists". That list is monitored, and some of the emails never reach the entire list. As a result, I find its SNR much higher than the Auditory list. I am not suggesting that this list should be policed, but I do think it's important that the members should think twice before posting. People get lots of email everyday, and even just deleting takes time, not to mention wasted bandwidth. Some might ask why don't I just get off the list? I know that some have, but I still find it valuable since once in while I do find something useful. The issue is how to improve its SNR for everyone. I have enclosed their bimonthly reminder for this list, after deleting a couple of unrelated items. Cheers, DeLiang Wang -- ------------------------------------------------------------ What to post to CONNECTIONISTS ------------------------------ - The list is primarily intended to support the discussion of technical issues relating to neural computation. - We encourage people to post the abstracts of their latest papers and tech reports, provided that the report itself is available on-line (please give the URL) or the author is accepting requests for hardcopies. - Conferences and workshops should be announced on this list at most twice: once to send out a call for papers, and once to remind non-authors about the registration deadline. A flood of repetitive announcements about the same conference is not welcome here. For major neural net conferences (e.g., NIPS, IJCNN, INNS) we'll allow a second call for papers close (but not unreasonably close) to the deadline. - Announcements of job openings related to neural computation. - Announcements of new books related to neural computation. - Requests for ADDITIONAL references. This has been a particularly sensitive subject. Please try to demonstrate that you have already pursued the quick, obvious routes to finding the information you desire. You should also give people something back in return for bothering them. The easiest way to do both these things is to FIRST do the library work to find the basic references, then POST these as part of your query. Here's an example: WRONG WAY: "Can someone please mail me all references to cascade correlation?" RIGHT WAY: Enclosed is a bibliography I've compiled of papers referencing cascade correlation. If you are aware of additional papers not listed here, please send me the citations and I'll include them in the next version. What NOT to post to CONNECTIONISTS: ----------------------------------- * Requests for reprints of papers, or for persons' email addresses. * Job postings, unless the posting makes specific mention of neural nets or a closely related topic (e.g., computational neuroscience.)

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