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FW: [ga] private filters are private blinkers

I have to agree with Marilyn as a significant proportion of the postings on
ga are currently almost private conversations which add minimal value to the
resolution of the issues we are meant to be addressing. I eliminate a
significant level of postings from certain indivduals, their aliases and on
some message headers. Unfortunately this also has the effect that anything
worthwhile from those individuals is ignored, but that is what happened to
the boy cried 'wolf'.People are respected for what they say, when they focus
on the issues by making constructive proposals.

John C Lewis

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Cade,Marilyn S - LGA [SMTP:mcade@att.com]
> Sent:	26 January 2000 15:45
> To:	'John B. Reynolds'; Joop Teernstra; Karl Auerbach; ga@dnso.org
> Subject:	RE: [ga] private filters are private blinkers
> As of now, I erase more than 90% of the postings without reading them at
> this point.  I look at the headings, and erase those that have, in the
> past,
> led me to believe that it is "only noise" I will find IF I open.  I do
> randomly read though, in ever potential and optimistic hopefulness.
> I hope to have a different option in the near future.  And I hope not to
> have to erase or avoid any communications since if we have rules, and we
> all
> follow them, we can have civil and productive discourse -- even when we
> disagree.
> It's worthwhile work that we hope to do.
> Marilyn Cade
> -----Original Message-----
> From: John B. Reynolds [mailto:john@reynolds.chicago.il.us]
> Sent: Wednesday, January 26, 2000 9:15 AM
> To: Joop Teernstra; Karl Auerbach; ga@dnso.org
> Subject: RE: [ga] private filters are private blinkers
> If "private filters are private blinkers", then it is equally true that
> public filters are public blinkers.
> Without commenting on the substance of your particular dispute, lies
> posted
> by someone who is widely privately filtered are undetected only by those
> who
> have already determined for themselves that that individual's comments are
> unworthy of consideration.  The same lies posted by someone who is
> centrally
> filtered would be unseen and unrefutable by anyone who subscribes to the
> "official" list, regardless of whether or not they have reached an opinion
> regarding the poster's credibility.