I feel that secrets within a group and clique-formation subvert group cohesiveness. (So who cares about the cohesiveness of the 'group'-list? Yeah, maybe that, too)

If this were group therapy (which it isn't) private email might subvert the group process with "backchannel" messages. But I've found private email to fellow list-members extremely valuable on other lists.
FYI, 2 people wrote to me backchannel about this post, and to each other apparently and perhaps others...

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