Hi all,

There are two reasons for my writing this morning when I should be in
bed. I think I'm frustrated at my continuing requests on two things
being ignored; but in all fairness, the list membership continues to
boom, and not everyone has seen these requests before. As a result,
I think maybe I'll simultaneously ask Liss to consider including this
post as advice to new members as well.

First, when you're requesting private email from another subscriber,
please put in your address, as many of you have been doing, but
**change the @ sign to AT.** If you leave in the address with the @
sign, the person reading your message will not be able to honor your
request because Yahoo obliterates the email address in the body of
the message. Yahoo is programmed to see that @ sign and remove
everything after that. So if you really really want the information
you're requesting, or you have something to offer others and have
given your email, take time to notice how to put your email in and
have it show.

The other thing...I feel like a CD with a scratch on it because I'm
repeating myself and it's getting old. Please, please *PLEASE* hear
me! From my end, and I'm sure from the end of the other moderators
as well, at times, our being forced to scroll to the bottom of a
message and hit "edit" so we can delete a whole mess of unnecessary
garbage (not implying here that any messages themselves are garbage
but all the stuff that's not needed can be) frequently makes me want
to scream! Liss, our list mom, recently told me she was so
frustrated in the beginning when people were leaving in whole digests
or the same stuff, she began to just hit the delete button because no
one was listening. I suppose that's an option for each moderator as
well, but I think the other moderators are trying to make this a
pleasant experience for everyone, and an experience in which each
person can feel as if s/he is being read. But here's the problem.
The moderators are trying *so* hard to make it a pleasant list for
each of you, and a very simple request from us appears to be getting
ignored. I'm going to put in caps here the message I've been posting
on each message where this has been occurring: [MODERATOR'S NOTE:
PLEASE SNIP YOUR MESSAGES, THANK YOU! IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE
DOING WRONG OR HOW TO CORRECT THE PROBLEM, PLEASE ASK.] The message
may not be precisely in those words, but it will start
with "Moderator's Note," and you really need to read it. If you see
your own message you've posted, and this note, not in caps, is at the
top, guaranteed, you're being asked to be a bit more observant.
You're being asked to do this so we don't have to, and if you don't,
we may start feeling so frustrated that we take notice of what Liss
used to do...and hit that simple "delete" button.

Geez, that sounds like a threat, and it's not intended to. I'm just
so frustrated that I'm feeling ignored by those of you who are
continuing to send in messages with all this stuff that should have
been deleted before you hit the "send" button.

The moderators of Budget101_ also have a right to enjoy this list
rather than feeling like we're hard- or heavy-handed police. Help us
to do that, won't you?

Okay. And finally, on a personal note, I did, as I recently
mentioned, send Liss my last column, but I have to send it to her
again. This one's a little bit different. Look for Penne Rigate
with Tuna Sauce, a great exploration for a dinner you could serve
company! Mind you, that was really created in the same Young family
kitchen where I made Chicken with Lemon Sauce on Saturday night and a
lasagna on Tuesday that could have served, 1 square each, 16 people--
and was gone, save for one piece, three hours later! lol

I've babbled enough, and I pray you were patient and read this
through. Thanks so much for listening.

Warmly,
Michelle
Budget101_ moderator and Ethnic Inexpensively columnist