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Subject: Re: Comments Wanted on Policy Decisions
From: "Jason A. Dour" <jadour01 @ homer . louisville . edu>
Date: Tue, 16 Apr 1996 07:55:26 -0400 (EDT)
To: list-managers @ greatcircle . com
Comments: Getting paid to be a geek is cool...
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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 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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