Message #312:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Too Many VS Not EnoughDate: 
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 1997 12:44:38 -0700

Re: Message 307
	Message 308

From: Deb Dosh

This is in response the comments about a "jargon-free Pecos Conference".
Although it is necessary to foster good relationships with lay people,
amateurs, or avocationals, I would like to point out that the main
purpose of the Pecos Conference is for the exhange of information about
on-going research between professionals.  I do not think it is necessary
for participants to write presentations which are geared towards a lay

Most of the people attending Pecos are professionals and if they wanted
to hear jargon-free presentations they could go to a local Amateur
society meeting or pick up a copy of some popular lay publication.

This is not to say that the amateurs attending this and other
conferences are not welcome, but they should realize that Pecos is a
professional meeting and for the most part the papers and other
functions are prepared for a professional audience.  If there is
something they don't understand all they need to do is ask.  This is one
way to learn what the technical side of the
field is all about.  I am assuming that the people who complained that
they did not understand, attended this conference to learn about

 Perhaps they should first attend meetings which are intended for
amateurs and read a few books and articles which will give them some
reference point(s) for the "jargon" they are having such trouble with.

Deb Dosh

[ Deb - After SWA received the message that there would be no beer at
the Pecos BBQ because of some new blue law in NM, I sent a message
announcing the 'jargon-free declaration.' 

The message was contrived and simply was meant to be pure satire
regarding the sorry state of affairs with regard to the blue law --
William Bennett of course being the author of "The Book of Virtues"
probably doesn't even know that the Pecos Conference exists. In other
words, it was a JOKE!  We usually are serious on SWA SASIG, but once in
a while we let some social satire slip.

As per the true story regarding the guest's observations and my wife's
retort, neither the observer nor my wife were complaining.  But, they
did make the MOST astute anthropological observation of the entire
conference that year -- clarity of communication is still a prized but
seldom found virtue -- SASIG Ed. ]