[amsat-bb] Email/Text miscommunications

skristof at etczone.com skristof at etczone.com
Thu Jul 7 13:56:30 UTC 2016

I think that, like any technology, it is not the technology itself
(email vs. text), but the user of the technology that makes the

It is pretty easy to send a one line email that has no more thought put
into it than a one line text. (Yes, I will admit to participating on
both ends of that activity, sending and receiving.) 

And text messages can be thoughtful, although a long one may be broken
into chunks by the service provider.

Steve AI9IN 

On 2016-07-07 09:31, Robert Bruninga wrote:

> 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.
> Bob, WB4APR
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