[LINK] Handling off topic discussion
me at tony-barry.emu.id.au
Tue Feb 17 15:31:42 EST 2004
I try to keep a gentle hand on controlling discussion when it ranges
away from the somewhat amorphous topic of this list. Mostly it's self
managed and such discussion peters out on it's own. If a large number
of people are interacting, I'm loath to suggest that what seems to be a
popular discussion should cease.
The topic of the list initially was centred on the introduction of the
internet into Australia with a strong bias towards universities,
libraries and government. Over the years our interests have spread and
now cover communications more generally with a focus on the internet in
Australia and control of aspects of the internet by government and
Increasingly we seem to be touching on wider political and economic
issues particularly those which have a technological slant. Where the
internet has impacted on significant and controversial policy issues
such as censorship and privacy debate naturally tends to wander from
aspects where the internet is involved to wider issues.
** Firstly do we want to rethink the scope of the list?
I'm also thinking about the integrity of the archives if discussion
strays into side issues and byways. The link archives are a nine year
expanding source of information about the internet in Australia and
government interaction with it. If we move into too many issues the
quality of this historical source will decline.
Another problem is prolonged argumentation between only a small handful
of people, sometimes only two! At the moment I let such discussion run
for a while but if it seems to be getting too heated or going on too
long I might suggest that it cease.
There is something we discussed four years ago which I would like to
try. It will give me another option besides sending a "Ding! Scope
alert" or "Flame war alarm!" message.
A few days ago I got an ADSL connection (Thank's Karl - no not the one
in Switzerland) and now have the bandwidth to support lists. I have put
in some lightweight list software macjordomo,
This took only minutes to set up and has a very simple and easy to use
interface but lacks heavy duty archiving features and good handling of
html mail and attachments.
So I have created a new list -
or more specifically
unlink at tony-barry.emu.id.au
As an experiment I want to suggest to participants, that conversations
on link, which, for whatever reason, are getting out of hand, be
"unlinked" and should continue on the unlink at tony-barry.emu.id.au list.
This does not stop the discussion, and does not stop other linkers from
participating or listening in if they wish.
This list has a digest option, set to one message per day so that who
just want to monitor what is going on can do so. At the moment the
archives are only available via email.
To subscribe tell macjordomo at tony-barry.emu.id.au
SUBSCRIBE unlink Your_FirstName Your_LastName
I would like to suggest that the first topic to be "unlinked" is that
on CEO salaries and associated discussion relating to economic
The current macjordomo help file follows.
The currently accepted commands are the following and all must appear
*BODY* of the message. You can send multiple commands, each in one line
finishing with END.
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