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Re: VMs: Is It Time?
Hello Jim, CWLee and all,
======= CWLee, You wrote:
>I think the group and list can now benefit from a
>judicious moderator. I encourage Jim to assume that role,
>at least for a few months. Perhaps then we can go back to
>the "anyone can post anything" mode of operation and remain
>focused on the VM.
What you suggest will just put tremendous burden on Jim's shoulder - he
would have to read now all of it and judge it as well :-). It seems that verbal diarrhea
which lately contaminated the list will not cease on its own and so he will be
the one to suffer most. Neither will us help the splitting of the list into several
subjects - we used to have only one and that was the VM, right? Also, putting
the subject in the header as some kind of warning will not prevent the
saturation of the channel and we would still have to weed out the excess stuff,
every one of us. I fully understand Jim's frustration and nothing but surgical
operation would work.
The problem is in the THREADS - very often two people keep going on and
on with some marginal subject. Why cannot Jim just simply eliminate the
threads - the posting will be only for original contributions, that is for those
bringing their own discoveries or new ideas forward. Only those would be
send to list and no answers would be then accepted.
People interested in the discussion about the certain contribution can then
send their addresses to Jim, who would forward them (all in one mail) to the
originator for his/her answers. The answers would be then handled in their
own e-mail, the originator being also the discussion manager and he
will cc's each person who applied to that discussion. Also, each answer would
be addressed to the originator only and he would then cc the answer to all who
were "registered". Those discussions then can go on a on and the originator
can eventually sum-up the results and send them to Jim for one, final posting.
True, the originator would have to reveal his/her address to people
interested in the discussion, but only to them and so no harm is done.
It will not only pass the burden to originators - so they will take their own
medicine - but also enable them to lead infinitely going discussions, until all get
finally tired. People who get tired sooner, can simply write to originator to take
them of his/her list. Since the results can be eventually summarized and posted,
we all can learn at the end what it was actually all about and not to miss anything. It
should also please the people who turned this list into their private discussion
club, since they will be able to carry on, but elsewhere.
I already maintain the correspondence with several members of the list and
find it very inspiring - but I also like the list as the general information channel,
make no mistake about it.
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