[amsat-bb] Email/Text miscommunications

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Thu Jul 7 13:31:33 UTC 2016


I’m beginning to realize the problems we have in AMSAT-BB and other
reflectors communication is caused by the bifurcation of email into two
categories.  Email and Texts.

We see the problem crop up daily…  One liner posts that make no sense and
have no context, and long emails that few take the time to digest before
fat-fingering a one line response.

It is frustrating to have a complex problem being addressed by a
multi-paragraph email discussing all the options and permutations and
considerations and background on a problem and then having spent an hour
presenting a well laid out treatise on the issues, to have the response
come back as a fat finger “yes” or “no”.

You can see it in the emails.  The one-line TEXTS which have given the
issue about as much thought as an eye blink.  Or that was digested on a
smart phone while walking across the street.

I’m not complaining, just observing.  Hence the first line of my email
above.  Giving the recipient a heads up that this email is not a knee jerk
shot from the hip TEXT.

Wouldn’t it be nice if EMAILS could generally only be read on full screen
PC’s and all concise TEXTs are displayed only on tiny 2” screens.  That
would force the sender and receiver into the same “communications
environment” to better understand the context.

Just a thought.


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