From: Virginia Bowen (email@example.com)
Date: Mon 22 Dec 2003 - 17:13:40 GMT
I think this is a brilliant solution. Thank you for handling this in a
manner befitting the term "moderator".
"My treasures do not clink together nor glitter. They gleam in the sun and bray in the night."
> -----Original Message-----
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Bruce Edmonds
> Sent: Monday, December 22, 2003 5:11 AM
> To: Memetics Discussion List
> Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: From the moderator: My decision about Joe Dees
> OK, I have consulted. Basically the result was that although
> Joe Dees
> (and others but he is the principle problem) put some people off the
> list by irrelevant and copious posts, a few wanted to read
> what he writes.
> I have had a (rather frustrating) correspondance with Joe.
> He indicates
> that he thinks campaigning against certain "memes" (as he puts it) is
> overridingly important, and does not understand why such a
> campaign may
> be inappropriate on *this* list. Thus I have come to the
> view that he
> is unlikely to change in the long term. He is certain that
> he is right!
> On the other hand, I am deeply antagonistic to censorship/moderation.
> Thus what I will do is the following: I will create a
> sub-list of such
> "offenders", the result of which will be that although their
> posts will
> continue to be archived on the web, they will not be distributed in
> emails. This way people who want to read him can by looking up his
> posts, but they will not fill up people's mailboxes. (Ideally there
> would be software so that *each* participant of the list
> could decided
> whether to exclude any particular person's posts, so that all could
> 'select out' as they wanted, but I do not know of such
> software). This
> 'layer' of filtering will be in place sometime early in the new year.
> I think this is the minimum intervention whilst solving this
> problem - I
> do not like people who are genuinely interested in memetics
> being driven
> away by a few who do not adhere to the academic norms of the list.
> (PS. It will continue to be the case that personally offensive or
> abusive posters will simply be excluded, as well as any
> illegal stuff -
> i.e. obscene or libellous).
> Bruce Edmonds,
> Centre for Policy Modelling,
> Manchester Metropolitan University, Aytoun Bldg.,
> Aytoun St., Manchester, M1 3GH. UK.
> Tel: +44 161 247 6479 Fax: +44 161 247 6802
> Email: email@example.com Web: bruce.edmonds.name
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