Chuq Von Rospach <email@example.com> writes:
> At 5:48 PM -0600 3/17/99, Jason L Tibbitts III wrote:
>> But will the issue at hand (arbitrary text substitutions) actually help
>> this? Will anything except for a vigilant owner and true moderation
>> actually protect you from a list wrecker?
> It can help. A dedicated list-wrecker, it might be really tough to
> stop. It depends on just how dedicated and stubborn he wants to be.
Argh. You had to go there. :)
A -real- list is one that no one human being can wreck. All others
> But you can stop an entire class of meta-fights from ever starting
> simply by automapping "rhymes with duck" to f***. Because everyone
> knows what the person meant to say, but actually SEEING it said is
> what tends to push people's buttons.
Which is funny, because it should be the perceived intent that
does this. But I digress.
> And I'm actually not nearly as worried about the word itself, but to
> the inevitable over-reaction to the word and the meta-fight the
> response creates
If there was some way to thread an email list and kill threads,
this would be a viable way to handle that. Attempting to stop
people from fighting OR meta-fighting is ultimately futile. If
you succeed, you also wind up chilling interesting discussions.
That being said, I'm not against tools to provide people the
power to shoot their lists in the foot.
Dave Hayes - Consultant - Altadena CA, USA - firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep Usenet Free - http://www.jetcafe.org/~dave/usenet
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