[ RadSafe ] RADSAFE as of today officially closed

GRAHNk at comcast.net GRAHNk at comcast.net
Sun Apr 1 10:23:23 CDT 2007

Awesome April Fools piece...it sure says what we've all been thinking about the non-tech, political, flaming, backstabbing, etc.


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From: Radiant <radiation at noos.fr> 

> Dear RadSaferS 
> After fifteen years, RadSafe, an international e-mail list devoted to 
> the topic of radiation protection (Health Physics) has decided to close 
> down definitively for the following reasons: 
> 1. The content of the messages circulating has reached during 2007 a 
> historical low as to relevance for radiation protection (11.54%) 
> 2. messages have been submitted only by a few (less than 1% of the 
> subscribers have generated over 90% of the messages) 
> 3. these subscribers are including in their replies the full thread of 
> previous messages, so their name appears with a frequency, that has 
> absolutely no relation with the relevance their contributions represent 
> for a discussion on radiation protection issues, thus heavily polluting 
> the Archive. 
> 4. insults, flames and heavy breathing have become quite frequent; these 
> messages are now recorded in the Archives on a HD-DVD (verba volant, 
> scripta manent), they will not be destroyed as they might be useful for 
> future sociological studies as to behavioural patterns of a specialized 
> community during 15 years at the end of the XXth and beginning of the 
> XXIth century of our era. 
> 5. These ‘frequent’ archive polluters reply mostly without thinking, not 
> taking into account (or intentionally?) that there is a community of 
> about 3000 RadSaferS out there. The game seems to be “Why don’t you? Yes 
> but …”, first you ask for help with a problem then, you shoot down every 
> possible suggestion….. Some are suffering of an acute form of RadSafe 
> neurosis. The good practice of trying to place oneself somehow in the 
> role of the recipient in order to improve message clarity has almost 
> completely been abandoned. 
> Thanks go to all those, who have submitted questions and provided 
> answers which have helped improving common understanding and have 
> provided scientific / technical responses to key issues. 
> No thanks go to Archive polluters and those who have expressed opinions 
> we would qualify of ‘stalinistic-talibanistic’ nature. (science is about 
> resolving doubts and improving knowledge, not about expressing absolute 
> certainties). They have made RadSafe useless and have thus definitively 
> killed it. 
> We intend to open a new mail-server soon, called the RADIANT. This will 
> include the full RadSafe list (you need to confirm your interest though) 
> excluding of course the names of those who have harmed RadSafe. 
> With Regrets (sit tibi terra levis), 
> The RadSafe Administration 
> 2007-04-01 
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