[LINK] Moderation note: Attempting to suppress discussion or opinions (Match Koltai - Was Fukushima scaremongers becoming increasingly desperate)

Craig Sanders cas at taz.net.au
Sun Mar 27 11:55:04 AEDT 2011

On Sat, Mar 26, 2011 at 10:03:20PM +1100, Robin Whittle wrote:
> > Now could we stop discussing it, please. Or could we move this rather
> > moribund discussion to alt.rec.henny.penny
> I think it is unreasonable of you or anyone else on the list to argue or
> assert in such a dismissive fashion that any particular subject
> shouldn't be discussed on Link.

FWIW, i think that TK's line above is perfectly reasonable. more to the
point, i think you are over-reacting and, worse, changing the moderation
style of the list from Tony's minimalist only-in-extreme-cases style to
pro-active censorship.

an ordinary member *asking* people to shut up on a topic is a far
different thing from a moderator saying that certain kinds of statements
or requests are forbidden. the former is normal conversation, the latter
is censorship or the threat of censorship.

please don't.  censorship or over-active moderation are far more
damaging to the list than anything TK has said or could say.


PS: i generally ignore TK's posts, disagree with much of what he
writes when i do happen to read it, and basically think he's a bit
of a kook...but at least he seems to genuinely believe what he says,
often has experience, knowledge, or research to support his odd
interpretations, and isn't just abusing the list for self-promotion
or trolling as some people have done. and kooks sometimes have an
interesting/bizarre/challenging POV that makes you stop and think about
your own POV.

craig sanders <cas at taz.net.au>

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