In a message dated 98-01-27 10:54:10 EST, you write:
comp.fonts functions as an interface between those who are knowledgable
about type and those who are beginning to discover it.
Unfortunetly, that USED to be true but isn't any longer.
If you want the group to be better, as part of the more knowledgable group,
it's your responsibility to initiate and participate in informative
discussions to set an example and make the group useful.
Like Gresham's Law, the overwhelming number of "bad" traffic has driven the
good into hiding.
If you just write the group off then it will not improve.
And there's nothing wrong with requests to identify a particular font.
I've found them very interesting now and again.
It's not requests for identification, it's requests for fonts.
I, too, used to be a regular reader and participant in the list; but it has
changed significantly for the worse and is no longer worth much time to bother
with. It seems to be dominated by teenage "warez" sorts mostly looking for
free software and tips on illicit piracy. Folks really interested in
typography from a professional or a learner's point of view will do better on
this list and on GRAPHICS.
-- Dick Weltz, Spectrum Multilanguage Communications, NYC
America's Premier Translators/Foreign Language Typographers
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