** Sometime around 16:24 -0500 4/15/97, ANDPPH@ritvax.isc.rit.edu said:
>As for the actual topic, I use a CREN program (listproc?)
>(we call it listserv here)
L-Soft's lawyers will probably be there in the morning, then. ;-)
>such they reply to many postings with one liners, add a "dig" at the end of
>their messages, etc. The bottom line is that I think people who could
>contribute a great deal are getting frustrated and leaving the list.
I guess I need to mention at this point that I'm a utilitarian, because ...
>I am trying to figure out what to do. I could just say to myself that they are
>not worth spending time over and just sign them off and block their access to
>the list ... but some would construe this as unjust, etc., etc.
... I do not believe in people's "rights" to access/use resources for which
thay are not paying. If they are being obnoxious, warn them to cut the crap
or they're history. Second offenders go into the .ignore file.
>I have been thinking of making the list moderated (at whatver risks that
>might entail) maybe for a period of time and that way I'd have a
>semi-justifiable means for stopping "upsetting-for-no-good-reason" (of course
>_in my view_ ... actinge essentially as a censor) postings.
This is certainly a viable solution, but moderation requires a substantial
investment of time on your part (trust me on this; you probably have no
idea just HOW large an investment until you've been there). Why should YOU
have to pay for THEIR abuse of the services?
>Can someone provide me with some advice?
Yeah: Final warning. After that, .ignore-file them:
ignore <listname> <password> <address>
(If you want to be a nice guy, .ignore-file them for a week or so, then
let them back on with the understanding that the second time you have to
issue the command will also be the last.)
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