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August 25, 2009

Online communications are a wonder. So much information gets passed back and forth each day it makes my head spin. I couldn't do my job without this medium.

However, the tendency to abbreviate certainly can make some things less than clear.

I had an e-mail the other day that had "Online subscription" in the subject line.

The text of the e-mail was simply:


Was this an inquiry from someone who wanted to subscribe to something? If so, to what publication? Perhaps it is Numismatic News, since that is what I am usually associated with, but it could also be World Coin News, or Bank Note Reporter, or Coins magazine, or Coin Prices. Or was it to one of our several e-newsletters?

Sometimes e-mail writers don't make distinctions, leaving me with questions and not answers.

Was the message a criticism?

Was it something on the order of: "I didn't see a way to subscribe on your Web site. Tsk. Tsk. Tsk."

Hey, perhaps my mind isn't agile enough for this form of communication.

So humor me, if you have a request, give me a little more to work with.

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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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