Message Number: YG6735 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2001-08-28 16:28:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Welcome to the FHL - 1026 members strong

Christopher wrote (Read it now if you did not before; it's important.):

>>>>>>>>>>Wow, have we grown. The last time I did this we were at
>>>>>>>>>>about 800 members. This morning we have 1026. I wanted to
>>>>>>>>>>take a moment and welcome everyone who's joined us. In
>>>>>>>>>>order to keep the list a manageable size, we do not
>>>>>>>>>>encourage members to welcome new members.. in fact we
>>>>>>>>>>discourage it. I'm always afraid that it will make the list
>>>>>>>>>>seem cold to those just joining us.. but imagine if all 800
>>>>>>>>>>people wrote the list to welcome the last 226... what that
>>>>>>>>>>would do to your mailbox. This list is anything but cold,
>>>>>>>>>>which is evidenced with every loving answer posted to a
>>>>>>>>>>parent with a sick ferret.

We also mourn the passing of quite a few this month. Due to the
nature of the list, the morbidity rate is high. The same issue ...
sheer volume... causes us to discourage condolences and "in deepest
sympathy" posts on the list. Please send your condolences directly to
the person who experienced the loss.

Another issue is "for vets to answer only" posts. We view those as a
slap in the face to the wealth of experience from shelters and
breeders and just long long term ferret parents that makes this list
the valuable resource it is. If you want to post to the list you are
inviting anyone on the list to answer... IF you choose to only read
the answers from licensed vets, that is your loss and you've totally
missed the point and the power that is the FHL. Haven't seen any of
these in a long time, just trying to hit the bases for our newbies
and not so newbies.

This list has become a rich collection of experienced and caring
persons and gone far beyond my wildest dreams when I first started
it. The contribution of our moderation team, who selflessly give of
their time and energy to keep things running smoothly, the
contribution of our membership.. who tirelessly answer posts from
their own experience or diligently research to find answers to
questions. I salute each and everyone of you for what you have made
of the FHL. You are saving and improving ferret lives and that is

So, a warm and enthusiastic welcome to everyone and a big
hugglepounce to your ferrets.

(Hey, your whole post is worth repeating! One other quick mention,
though, is that this is NOT the place for advertisements. Sorry, but
they just are not supposed to be here.)