RE: From your list manager: "name-calling"
An excellent idea.
On Wed, 7 Jan 2004, Nick Lothian wrote:
> I was just randomly scanning my mail archive when I came across this post,
> and was struck by what a useful message it is.
> Perhaps it could be arranged to have it periodically re-posted?
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Mark Nottingham [mailto:mnot@...]
> > Sent: Saturday, 3 May 2003 11:39 PM
> > To: syndication@...
> > Subject: [syndication] From your list manager: "name-calling"
> > [ with my list-manager hat on... ]
> > I'd like to get a sense of the list as to whether the "name-calling"
> > and similar traffic here is too distracting.
> > In the past, I've adopted a hands-off policy, because a)
> > intervening in
> > every incident is high-maintenance and b) it can easily be seen as
> > being partisan. However, it is (perhaps once again) getting over the
> > top. Although there does need to be some sort of "pressure valve" for
> > the community (hey, it'll happen somewhere), I'm starting to wonder
> > whether this is the appropriate place, especially since we have a
> > number of newbies and other folks who could care less about
> > this stuff.
> > One of the goals (or at least my personal goals) for this list is to
> > drive convergence in the syndication community. I'd like to hear from
> > the list members if they would have any problems with the following
> > policy:
> > 1) Posts containing ad hominem attacks against other people
> > *or* their
> > work (e.g., "bob is stupid", "bob's software sucks") are off-topic.
> > 2) Posts not relating to syndication (e.g., "I'm going to ignore joe"
> > (perhaps because he is stupid; see #1)) are off-topic.
> > 3) People making off-topic posts will be warned on-list (so
> > that no one
> > follows up) once.
> > 4) A person continuing to make off-topic posts after being
> > warned will
> > be banned from posting to the list for a minimum of two
> > weeks; a person
> > who continually makes off-topic posts after being warned will be
> > permanently banned.
> > Please reply to this message if you have any issues with
> > this, or think
> > that it isn't necessary; if the community feels that this list is the
> > appropriate outlet for this kind of stuff, I'm happy to oblige, but I
> > don't think that's the case (OTOH, it could be that some people are
> > subscribed to this list for the entertainment value only).
> > On Thursday, May 1, 2003, at 01:02 PM, Julian Bond wrote:
> > >
> > > And now back to our regularly scheduled name-cal^h^h^h^h^h^h^h^h
> > > discussions about syndication.
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