[offtopic] Topicality debate [my 2 bits]
ge at linuxbox.org
Sun Sep 24 03:05:09 UTC 2006
On Sat, 23 Sep 2006, John Underhill wrote:
> -Moderated Approach
> Create an [email protected] to give a vent to members. If a post is clearly
> offtopic and not announced as such, use a 'three strikes your out' approach,
> first warning and inviting review of list guidelines, then as a last measure
> cancelling list subscription. Include 'this is offtopic!' responders among
> offences, and maybe we can reduce some of the list noise.
Hi John, thanks for the wise words.
I believe our biggest problem is that "on topic" is not defined. Many here
see different issues as operational to them while a few here always yell
and scream the minute someone posts that interest.
An off-topic list won't help much, if we can't decide, by poll or
arbitrary choice, what actually is on-topic. That can later on be
Lists evolve, readerships change, and subjects of interest change. But
without certain guidelines, I don't see why any crowd should be silenced
or any minority with loud voices should silence them.
If such a concensus/decision is reached, it will be followed to the letter
with the full backing of whoever needs to back itup.
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