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From:  James Womack
Date:  Sat May 16, 1998  2:48 am
Subject:  Re: Question To The List

On Fri, 15 May 1998 11:19:27 -0700 Alice Rose writes:
>An effective method on other lists has been to immediately post a
>*short* request that people only post related to the list topic(s). If
>same person offends more than once, they can be warned that they will be

>dropped from the list, and then dropped if the problem persists.

That's a good plan as long as it's not heavy handed. I no longer
participate in a certain other list because of heavy handed censorship.
By this, I mean I and another were forbidden to post messages
responding to certain parties relating to policies and attitudes
that affect ASL programs. This is topic related for that list but
certain parties felt it is a no no to say something less than glowing
praise for programs and individuals whose statements or philosophies
we happened to disagree with. This is biased censorship and as an
old FidoNet user, I watched such moderating result in the death of
of quite a few echoes ( equivalent of what we call lists here ) as folks
got a sense of unwelcomeness and just left.

But it is fair and right to insist that posts be on the topic for what
the list is created for or it will otherwise lose its focus. Now and
we are certain to have a post here and there that strays. Often, ignoring

one or two from teh same person and reminding them of the list's purpose
if it goes beyond that, is enough. Another thing I saw and see in
echoes is periodic (monthly) posting of echo rules which serve to inform
newcomers of the moderator's expectations and remind old timers of the
same. The rules are often short and simple. If Valerie so decrees, I will
an example of echo rules from my old ASL Echo so you can get an
idea of how it was done on FidoNet.

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