The Orchid Archives are posted on the Internet and often show up
on the search engines. To see this for yourself, go to the
Yahoo search engine and search on your name. You're bound to
see some "hits" that are your Orchid postings. I don't know if
that qualifies it as public domain, but it is certainly broadly
accessible! It's not private communication, that's for sure!
As far as liable or slander... well, we had better check with an
From my experience in the corporate world, I know that email
(private or to a group) is considered "discoverable" in court,
which means your email files can be subpoenaed (the correct
I guess the bottom line is that it's best to exercise tact in
our electronic communications, regardless of the forum.
Charlotte, NC (USA)