[LINK] The results of our deliberations on link regulation
ivan.trundle at alia.org.au
Fri Jun 17 15:59:36 EST 2005
Thank you for your very thoughtful consideration over this very
perplexing matter. To be blunt, it takes more than a 'bit of effort'
to manage any list (even without moderation), and I admire and
respect for your reasoned and considerate approach.
I think that it is very important that the list is allowed to take
its own shape and form its own destiny - but not if one person is
beginning to drag it down. I agree entirely that it takes two to
create the kinds of difficulties that we have faced, but the common
link of recent times has been, without doubt, just one person. That
others inflamed the debate demonstrates that we cannot easily single
out an individual, nor should we.
It appears that something *has* been done (to appease those who
wanted some action taken), since Link has returned to a level of
This discussion was important, and helped to resolve a situation that
was becoming intolerable for more than a handful of people (the
results show this). And I fully support you taking a tougher line
with those who step out of line, myself included. We don't
necessarily need moderation, but we need to know when things stray
too far, and whilst all of us could possibly step in and say so, it
works better when written by someone with authority - even if only
I also support the maintenance of fuzzy definitions of what Link is
about, what constitutes a transgression, and a general lack of
codification of these matters, other than by this type of discussion.
And moving threads to Unlink is a wonderful escape valve for those
that need such a device. However, I believe that abusive postings
have no place on Link or Unlink, and should not be tolerated at all.
My 2 cents.
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