"--I'd like to observe that there's a fundamentally different point of view about what a public list is for: It's that a public list is a place to hold public conversations--which one hopes are at least marginally consistent with the stated purpose of the list.
Conversations do meander."
Lou, your point is well taken; I didn't mean to imply that only 'Very Smart People' (as you refer to them) should be allowed to write to the list. Everyone should have access--we can all learn from ALL of our peers.
My point was this: the exodus from this list involves a lot of those same 'Very Smart People' (people I would like to continue to learn from) who are simply tired of sorting through 3 or 4 posts from the same people EVERY day. You know as well as I do that some people are posting just to read their own posts, as it were.
A little moderation on their part would help a lot.