Sam Schleman <Samara99@...>
Yehudah ben Shlomo" <email@example.com> wrote:
Dear Yehudah;I have yet to hear a good reason why it is necessary
I'll give you several good reasons.
The first is that, depending upon the question, the answer may be
geographical based. For example, it would be pointless to refer someone to a
film in the FHC catalog if they live in Israel, since there are no FHC's in
Israel. OTOH, if someone is in the USA and the answer is to get a film from
the FHC, knowing their location enables the one answering to list the
closest FHC and the hours. If someone lives in or near NYC, an answer
might send them to the Municipal Archives or NARA or 42nd St. Library, none
of which would be good answers if they lived in Iowa.
Second, I have contacted off-list a couple of people whose postings indicated
a similar research interest to mine, and who lived nearby. I have since
become good friends with a person I met in this manner, and we are able to
help one another with our research. There would have been no way to identify
that he lives close by unless his postings indicated where he lived. Of
course, when I contacted him by email, he always had the choice to not get
together. But why not make friendships based on a common interest?
Lastly, why not list the city-state one is from? You can't think of any
reason to do so; I can't think of any reason not to do so. Among other
things, it is both courteous and required (but not enforced) by the rules
and regulations of JewishGen.