[LINK] The future of Link
ivan.trundle at alia.org.au
Tue Jun 14 22:05:59 EST 2005
I'd like to think that the debate has covered all possible options
(in no particular order of merit or function):
1. Subscriber-side filtering.
2. Protagonist reprimand and sanction as required (server-side
filtering as a last option).
3. Plea to all and sundry to return to previous values.
4. Let the disaffected leave.
5. A combination of the above.
(If I have missed other pertinent options, please feel free to add
them to this list.)
It appears that (1) devalues the list for enough subscribers to a
point which might predicate (4). On the other hand, it appeals to the
non-interventionist libertarians amongst us, and is probably used by
most for select individuals - and is more difficult to apply when
whole threads must be filtered.
(2) is overly interventionist and against the spirit of the list, and
might be a last-resort, and there is some difficulty in deciding the
point at which action is to be taken.
(3) adopts a "let's all be sensible" approach, but might need a
period of assessment to determine if it can work (and judging from
the last month or so, will take some hard work). Personal coaching
might be required, too.
(4) and (5) will occur if no steps are taken to remedy the situation,
and if this thread ends with no action, is a certainty.
Perhaps the hardest part is being able to find a consensus...
I'm all for removing the testosterone from communications (thanks
Jan!), and this debate has brought me around to thinking that (3) is
the most agreeable option, on the proviso that the listowner (Tony)
exercises the right to reprimand those who cannot (and here's the
slippery slope) maintain a degree of civility. But Tony will need to
exercise the right when called to do so - as much as I know that it
might go against the grain.
This experience has been very useful in forming my views on how lists
should operate: I oversee around 120 lists at present, and am from
time-to-time called upon to pass judgement or offer advice on
individual subscriber actions and how to make communications vital
Link has now provided me with a framework for dealing with these
situations in a considered and reasonable manner. Even if I were to
join the ranks of option (4), I can (and do) thank participating
Linkers for this much, at least.
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Australian Library and Information Association
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