> Now the question I have is, now that I realize that this particular list
rule needs updating - How have others handled this issue? Is it a case that
since the list was where the persons "met", that it's an issue for the list
administrator. Is it the case that personal emails are treated as public
messages in this case? I am just looking for ideas in how to update this
rule, and provide some protection for the rest of the list subscribers...
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Anyhow, first piece of advice. Consult a lawyer.
Now that you have ignored that piece of advice, or can't afford it, think
about whether you have the time / patience / inclination to create rules for
*every* eventuality that members of your list(s) may get to ?
My personal solution, if *any* of my lists had written rules, would be to
say that the list administrators decision is final in any matters regarding
list membership. This gives you the power to arbitarily remove / suspend
subsribers at will, with ot without reason. Does anyone else out there think
that privately run lists are subject to some sort of country-specific
freedom-of-speech legislation ?
If your list has rules, then you have a duty (perhaps legal duty in some
circumstances) to adhere to those rules. Reminding members / subscribers
that the list is run by *you* and that you make the rules does not harm,
unless you abuse that power. People tend to get together and go off and make
new mailing lists in these cases.
As for the off-list abuse; that is a problem between those people in any
normal society. Recognising of course certain types of vicitimisation that
may need further personal intervention or that of law enforcement.