Annie sent us a note on July 10 regarding the new availability of nctm-l on the World Wide Web (http://forum.swarthmore.edu/nctm-l.html); opening an account via this page will, according to Annie's note, allow users to set up kill files with which selected people or topics can be filtered and thereby ignored.
I'm staying on the list, partly because I have no life and partly because there is still enough reasonable discussion here to make it worthwhile. One big problem seems to be that several folks are not able to disagree cordially. Disagreement is vital to the evolution of the discourse: it would be a dull list indeed if every post generated nothing but half-a-dozen "I totally agree" messages. On the other hand, it's possible to totally disagree and maintain what we in the South refer to as "a sense of decorum," that is, a pleasant attitude and the realization that a difference of opinion is neither an insult nor a cause for one.
So perhaps if the heat is becoming too much for folks, they could stay in the kitchen but turn off some of the appliances via a kill file. I left sci.math for the same reasons other folks are leaving here (remember Ludwig Plutonium?), but this place is too valuable for that sort of degeneracy.
Kreg A. Sherbine | To doubt everything or to believe Graduate Student | everything are two equally convenient Vanderbilt University | solutions; both dispense with the firstname.lastname@example.org | necessity of reflection. -H. Poincare