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    This is probably the only time I will ever post to this group, but
    this discussion over quality of list postings prompts me to put in my
    two-cents worth. I am a physical anthropologist interested in the
    evolution of human bipedal locomotion. I am not an 'expert' in
    biomechanics, by any stretch of the imagination. Most messages are
    way over my head, but I do like to keep tabs on what's going on that
    is pertinent to my interests (I guess I'm a bit of a voyeur where this
    listserve is concerned). I would second the votes of all those who
    are not in favor of splitting the list; I think the list benefits
    from being accesible to all (and again, who's going to decide who's
    'student' and who's 'expert' and where do I end up?)

    As to the requests for literature which seem to be the main
    irritating factor in all this, I heartily appreciate the lists of
    repsonses and references. Not everyone has access to libraries with
    all the relevant (and some not so relevant) journals. And not
    everyone (and their library) has access to all the stuff on the
    internet. Just because they have e-mail, doesn't necessarily mean
    they can access everything else. (And even if they can, have you
    ever tried looking up a specific small, but important to you,
    topic on those word search things? I have wasted much time
    trying to find the exact arcane formulae of words that would
    unlock the floodgate of references) Yes, literature requests should
    be made only after some effort has been put into looking yourself.
    But oftentimes that doesn't turn up much.

    Anyway, I've run on too long about this. But as one whose use of
    this service is potentially in jeopardy, I wanted to comment while I
    had the chance.

    Katie Manley-Buser
    Dept of Sociology and Anthropology
    North Carolina State University
    Box 8107
    Raleigh, NC 27695-8107
    (919) 515-2491 x15
    (919) 515-2610 (fax)