>As I wrote to someone yesterday, IMHO there aren't any God-given or First
>Amendment rights to a free mailing list (and precious few to a paid list),
>and any privileges I choose to grant can be revoked.
Precisely. I have been threatened by the word, "sue" a number of times.
My canned response is, "Great! I would love to have a day off work to
watch the spectacle of your humiliation. Try reading the Constitution
before threatening me with it."
>I try to enforce my rules swiftly and evenly, and I've got a big file of
>thank you notes from subscribers as a result of my stepping in to stop
>various threads. In five years, I've only had to kick about 10 people off
>my lists, and about half of those were spammers.
I'm in the same boat. Most recently, I kicked 2 users off a 1000 member
list and the amount of email was cut in half and the quality of discussion
and on-topic mail was immeasurably improved. I received several dozen
"hey, it's a lot quieter on the list, what did you do?" messages shortly
afterwards. It only takes one or two idiots with way too much time on
their hands to cause a lot of grief.
I try to be fair, but when people decide to obey the letter rather than the
spirit, I quickly lose patience.
William Barr, Stanford Computer Forum firstname.lastname@example.org
Listowner: butler-sql, harpoon, phoenix-command, tacops,
"My opinions are mine and only mine."