This was written by Don Greenbaum, N1DG back in 2005. It still has relevance today!
Q: How many dx Internet mail list subscribers does it take to announce a new dx station?
1 to spot the dx and and to post to the mail list that the dxpedition has been spotted;
14 to share similar experiences of working the dx and how the dx could have been worked differently;
7 to complain about the dx operating habits, lack of low band activity, interference to nets, lack of WARC activity, too wide splits, too narrow splits, or not enough cw;
27 to point out the spelling/grammar errors in posts about the dx;
53 to flame the spell checkers;
41 to correct spelling/grammar flames;
6 to argue over whether it’s “dx-pedition” or “dxpedition”;
another 6 to condemn those 6 as anal-retentive;
156 to write to the list administrator about the dx spot discussion and its inappropriateness to the mail list;
109 to post that this list is not about splits, cw or low band activity and to please take this email exchange to dx-l;
203 to demand that cross posting to grammar-l, spelling-l and dx-l about dx be stopped;
111 to defend the posting to this list saying that we all work dx and therefore the posts *are* relevant to this mail list;
306 to debate which method of working the dx is superior, where to look for him, how many calls it took -5 being the lowest so far and why this is the worst dx pedition EVER;
27 to post URL’s where one can see examples of better operations;
14 to post that the URL’s were posted incorrectly and then post the corrected URL’s;
3 to post about links they found from the URL’s that are relevant to this list which makes the dx discussion relevant to this list;
33 to link all posts to date, then quote them including all headers and footers and then
add “Me too”;
12 to post to the list that they are unsubscribing because they cannot handle the
19 to quote the “Me too’s” to say “Me three”;
4 to suggest that posters request the dx list FAQ;
43 to ask what is “FAQ”;
4 to say “didn’t we go through this already a short time ago on the List?”
141 to ask “How do I unsubscribe?”
1 to ask if anyone’s heard the dx…….
1 more to ask what country the dx is in….
73, Don, N1DG