Although a list concerned with such a popular author (notice the recent deluge of films based on her novels) has many members who are lurkers, a good number and variety of members post comments. The list is fairly active with an average of 25 posts a day. Individual topic threads do not usually continue for a long time, but may generate more than a few interesting responses.
Scholarly credentials are not necessary, but list members are expected to have read all of Jane Austen's novels. They should be warned that seeing a few movies based on her works is not enough preparation to fully contribute to the list. As a result, questions about plot summaries are not tolerated, although general questions about Austen's minor works and letters are welcomed.
List members are expected to maintain a courteous and respectful tone in their posts. No flaming of any sort is allowed. Very little argument takes place within the list; Henry Churchyard suggests that the list's heavy ratio of women over men has created a general community resistant to conflict.
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