Another reason for private conversations is that's the way many of us old time newsgroup users were taught. If it's of obvious interest to the entire group, then reply via the group. If it's specific to the original poster, reply via email. BUT then it is also the responsibility of the original poster to summarize and post the replies received, along with a "thank you".
I'm sort of curious. What leads you to the observation of private conversations?
If all responses of "read the manual page XX" or "check the reflector archives" were posted, the traffic level would make the reflector much less useful. I even regret posting this just to avoid another comment.
Some people are more reserved than others and prefer private exchanges
to public broadcasts. Just ask yourself how many people are willing to
stand up at a public gathering and voice their opinion. It's a matter
of human nature, not "openness on the reflector". You're making it
sound like some ulterior motive when it isn't.
Besides, as someone else just pointed out it's entirely possible for
somebody to hit the "Reply" button on their email client instead of the
"Reply List" button without really paying attention. It's a very common
But most importantly, I've been a K3 owner for over three years (a K1
owner for much longer than that) and I can't think of ANY problem (some
of which I have complained about) with the rig that hasn't received full
and repeated discussion on this reflector from both users and Elecraft.
I honestly haven't a clue what you're talking about. If you're so
focused on "full disclosure", how about offering a few specifics so we
know what you're talking about instead of making such vague allegations.
By the way, this normally would have been a private reply but since you