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On Mon, 15 Apr 1996, Alan Millar wrote:
> Side note: The one thing that really bugged me in my situation was
. . .
> have dealt with this situation. Thanks!
I've had a few situations like the above... I helped create a
list several years ago, and eventually had to take over ownership of it
entirely. I set up the listserver as an "evaluation" of majordomo. That
kind of thing worked when I was in the IT department of the university.
From the go, though the list is not moderated post by post, I laid
a few ground rules. Most of them will probably be obvious to everyone
here...but I found that I had to explicitly state them as the
subscribership grew (now 400+).
1. List owner reserves right to say "take it to email."
2. Stay on topic...please.
3. If you have a problem with the above, email the
list owner privately.
It worked well for nearly a year. Then I had a rash of subscribe
requests from large/major service providers. The noise on the list shot
through the roof, and I had many instances where people either started
total wars, or wanted to discuss everything *but* the list topic.
I handled each incident with only minor trouble... Mostly, it
involved telling people to chill out while I handled it. Then I would
send letters to the offending parties...wait for a response, and then post
back to the list that everything had been dealt with. I never removed
posting rights, or removed them from the list...
Actually, come to think of it, there was one person I unsubscribed
immediately after one of his posts...it was so horribly inciteful,
racist, and violent... But he's been the only incident. Heck...he's even
Overall, I agree with the "guest in my house" metaphor. I also
combine that with the "topic of conversation" one...ya know: "Please stay
on topic...the agreed-upon topic for this conversation is X. Tangents are
inevitable...but ultimately, we must return to the topic at hand."
Oh well... There's my two bits...
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