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Re: [ga] Message from the Chair

Ellen and all Asssembly members,

  Ellen, I have noticed in the bulk of Joe Kelsey's comments that he
has a tendancy to wish to control everyone's actions in some way.

Ellen Rony wrote:

> I was going to give this issue a rest, but Joe Kelsey wrote:
> >Since you seem so enamored of chaotic discussion groups,
> That is an assertion that is completely off base. [I suppose if we had an
> SAA, I could ask him/her to remove you for making such an insulting
> comment.]
> I am just unenamored of turning the GA mailing list into a moderated list
> based on what some sergeant at arms deems is on topic or appropriate.  I
> have been on mailing lists for three years and learned how to tune out
> those whose contributions are meaningless drivel.I just don't want others
> to make that decision for me.
> >please point
> >out a single example of what you propose here that actually accomplishes
> >real work.
> Please point out what "real work" the GA is chartered to produce.  As far
> as I can tell, this list will catch those who do not participate in a
> constituency or a working group, and we have been told those places are
> where the real work occurs.
> >I can think of no example of a newsgroup or mailing list
> >which has managed to accomplish real meaningful work in the face of
> >chaotic and anarchic forces such as we have seen on this list.
> I am on about a half dozen lists.
> Either they are
> - very informative and intelligent, but have low traffic and no mandate to
> accomplish meaningful work;
> -completely private, informative and intelligent, have medium to high
> traffic and have no chaotic or anarchic forces' or
> -open to the public and draw a mix of informed participants and timebusters.
> I believe that most sites with large membership draw their share of
> noisemakers and disruptors.  You cam avoid that by setting up gateways:
> limited membership,  moderated overview and individual filters.  I have
> engaged in all three of these approaches on for various lists.  The most
> effective is the list with limited membership, but that is antithetical to
> the structure of the GA.  So what are you gonna do?  My preference is to
> let the individual user choose their own threshhold of noise, not to give
> that choice to an SAA. My preference is to bifurcate unacceptable conduct
> from unacceptable content.  Those whose messages rarely contribute to the
> discussion, whose references are to others are scatalogical or insulting,
> will find they are shunned from the discussion, becasue the wiser among us
> will filter and ignore them and stick to meaningful discussions.
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