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bisharat.net It sounds like a good case for an H-EastAfrica is being made. It certainly could complement (fill a gap in?) the existing constellation of H-Net Africa lists. Peter is right to point out how the addition of new Africa-related H-Net groups has overall been positive and also that with addition of another new list "we need to monitor the potential effects" on others. One issue that I wanted to bring up in the wake of this proposal is crossposting among the lists. Being currently subscribed to three - H-Africa, H-West-Africa, and H-Hausa - I notice quite a bit of material that gets reposted from one to the others, and from the headers one can tell that some of that comes from yet other H-Net sources (Africa-related and other). This has its advantages, but in my case, aside from having to delete a fair amount of mail, it makes me wonder if 1) the list purposes have been thought through in this regard in terms of policy and guidelines for editors 2) maybe I simply misunderstand the lists as complementary in purpose (you subscribe to the areas [i.e., lists, plural] that interest you) when in fact the assumption is that most users will choose one list only 3) perhaps the topical nature of the traffic is such that crossposting of a lot of it is unavoidable and in fact necessary, so ways (perhaps technical) need to be devised to deal with this reality (H-Net lists already have a digest option though that doesn't really solve the issue; perhaps something like the "lite" option that Linguist list has could be adapted to H-Net's network of lists?). I have no idea how many other people are subscribed to multiple H-Net lists or what their observations or thoughts are, but if it's more than a handful of us then maybe this matter needs to be at least discussed. Especially as more new regional or topical groups are considered - aside from H-EastAfrica others are in various stages of discussion (I've been interested in forming one re African languages, other ideas include ICT in Africa, various combinations and new ideas are always possible if not already in the system).