At 05:08 PM 1/4/97 -0800, you wrote:
>My list subscribers are not my coworkers either. Please tell me when
>and how, exactly, I somehow gained an obligation to protect their life,
>whatever that might mean to you?
Kynn, don't get caught up with EVERY example, can you do that? And I think
that I will give up. Irresponsible people cannot have it easily forced upon
The question is NOT "Hey, why do I have to save your life". The question is
more along the lines of what are our responsibilities as list managers.
Some people say that we have absolutely none at all, in any way shape or
form. That is a pretty selfish stance. I manage a list and very rarely do
I ever interact with the members and I have never dealt with their onlist or
offlist spats. I never felt a duty or a need to and don't. The question is
bigger than that.
This are rhetorical:
Do you think it is ok give your address list to spammers if who has been
If run a list for girl scouts do FEEL the need to do anything if you KNOW
that a child molester has joined your list and IS seducing your 12 year old
If you run a list and one member is constantly making very vulgar, hurtful
and unsolicited onlist comments to other members and they complain, you
Do think that it is ok to alter messages that your members send BEFORE the
they sent out to rest of list?
I'm fairly sure that there is no legal action that can be taken in most of
these but they all make my stomach turn and I FEEL a responsibility to do
something about them. I can see how some of them might not be an issue for
some of us. I do think it is the weak, selfish, spineless son-of-bitch that
doesn't care about ANY of those. For those who take offense, offense was
Unless you have something meaning for the entire list, if you want to blast
me, do it in private.
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The road to evil is paved with good intentions.
Everyone that plays golf cheats.
Any golfer that claims not to cheat is a liar AND a cheat.