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From: "Roy Day" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] UNSUBSCRIBE [A bit of homework first?]
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2004 22:01:25 -0000
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As a "newbie" I think your suggestion is excellent. Whilst it may not be acceptable to the list
perhaps you could suggest to me, off list if necessary, a list of suggested sites/reading material.

Roy Day

----- Original Message -----
From: "David Faux" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2004 9:41 PM
Subject: Re: [DNA] UNSUBSCRIBE [A bit of homework first?]

| On the one hand I can see that "newbies" may feel overwhelmed, and so adios. This List is not for
| On the other hand I have said this once, and I will say it again - the attrition and frustration
rate could be attenuated by giving each new member of the List a mere half a dozen references to
read which provide background to enable someone walking in "cold" to at least get the drift of what
we are talking about. How can we expect anyone to have a clue about issues surrounding a particular
STR marker unless we give them some basic tools? I was voted down before in relation to this issue
by a few c-vr-ns whose rationale made no sense to me.
| Thus, after accessing say 3 recommended sites (some with Genetics 101 info), a person is in a much
better position to frame a question which us oldtimers can properly address. It is not realistic in
genealogy nor genetic genealogy that someone be handed an answer on a silver platter. When I see
that someone has been struggling for a while, but some concepts don't sink in - hey, I can relate to
that and am more than happy to assist (after they have done their homework - but they need a set of
tools in order to begin their homework assignment). The ever opinionated,
| David.

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