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Cereoid* cereoid at prodigy.net
Thu Nov 8 08:39:55 EST 2001

Close but no cigar.

You still have yet to discover who moderates Cacti_etc and what their
connection is with the CSSA.

Mark Jackson <mjackson at wrc.xerox.com> wrote in message
news:9sbjdj$5f9$1 at news.wrc.xerox.com...
> "Brian Watson" <brian at spheroid.demon.co.uk> writes:
> >
> > "Cereoid*" <cereoid at prodigy.net> wrote in message
> > news:HS0G7.640$S61.105125961 at newssvr15.news.prodigy.com...
> > > Cacti_etc already
> > > serves as the official source for information
> >
> > Official? In what way "official"?
> >
> > Who is the Moderator? A official representative of an international
> > cactus/succulent cultivation society?
> >
> > > on cactus & succulents for the
> > > various societies and that would not change.
> Well, perhaps Cereoid* means what he says.  A little work with Google,
> and:
> The Cactus and Succulent Society of America's website
> (http://www.cssainc.org/) gives prominence to their journal, newsletter,
> and yearbook.  On the separate "mailing lists" page we find that Cacti_etc
> is given pride-of-place as "the main English language discussion group";
> 32 others are mentioned, along with the newsgroup it.hobby.piante.cactus
> and half a dozen chat pages and message boards.  None is labelled
> "official," however.
> The British Cactus and Succulent Society
> (http://www.bcss.org.uk/index.html) features their journal, yearbook,
> newsletter, and other publications.  It links to the same mailing list
> page as the CSSA.
> The Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society
> (http://members.aol.com/lacss/) touts their monthly Chronicle and library
> holdings.  There's no listing of online information resources I can find.
> So a cursory investigation finds no evidence that Cacti_etc is "the
> official source for information on cactus & succulents for the various
> societies"; of course Cereoid* may have a list of OTHER societies in hand.
> It does seem clear that Cacti_etc features prominently, if not uniquely,
> among online sources of such information.
> Disclaimer:  beyond enjoying hikes in Joshua Tree National Park during
> my infrequent visits to California, I have no interest in cacti or
> succulents.
> -----
> *Sometimes, it appears, an asterisk does not signify a footnote.
> --
> Mark Jackson - http://www.alumni.caltech.edu/~mjackson
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