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RE: [ga] Proposal for mailing list policy

William X. Walsh wrote:
> On 14-Jan-2000 John B. Reynolds wrote:
> > After giving the matter some thought, I have to agree with
> Karl's position.
> > We may believe that censorship will only be used against kooks, but in
> It isn't censorship.

Just because you choose to call it "filtering" doesn't change what it is.

> > The analogy to public meetings that has been used by some in
> this debate is
> > flawed.  Public meetings are time and space dependent.  In such a forum,
> > those who attempt to monopolize discussion or otherwise create
> disruption
> > are stealing time that could have been used by others who wish to
> > participate.  Mailing list messages (except in the rare case where their
> > volume is great enough to constitute a denial of service
> attack) do not have
> > the same effect.  The messages from the subscribers in question, as
> But indeed they do.  And in FACT we have seen it be the case on
> this very list.

False.  All that has been asserted is that certain individuals and groups
choose not to participate in the list due to the presence of those who you
would "filter".  Nobody has prevented them from contributing - their
nonparticipation is a consequence of their own decisions.