Re: Limiting postings -- looking at numbers

Subject: Re: Limiting postings -- looking at numbers
From: Andrew Plato <gilliankitty -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2003 10:25:42 -0700 (PDT)

"Gene Kim-Eng" wrote...

> I may be missing something, but I thought the original issue was how to deal
> with a deterioration of civility and manners on the list. When did the
> volume of traffic become the problem that needed to be dealt with?

One of the top complaints from people in the ADMIN thread was that it would
discourage spontaneity and impose unnecessary restrictions on people. Guy
posted some numbers from 1 day, I then went and did 7 days. And it showed that
the majority of users would not be affected by this limitation. Only a handful
of people would be affected by this. Unsuprisingly, that handful of people are
vocally opposed to such restrictions.

The problem of civility is that people interpret civility differently. Some
people think any form of disagreement is uncivil while others could care less.
This leads to escalations and pissing matches. Restricting posts might squash
these escalations and slow down off-topic posts.

The other challenge, according to Eric, is that he does not have the resources
to police the board very tightly. He also, rightly, feels that supposed adults
should be able to handle themselves in a mature manner. Therefore, to help
Eric, limiting posts (even temporarily) would cut down on the chance for
extended off-topic arguments.

I personally don't care if the rule gets implemented or not. I am limiting
myself to a post or so per day by choice. I am also exercising my own personal
restrictions and deleting, sight unseen, posts from members I find uncivil. My
suggestions were merely to help implement some kind of moderation that might
help reduce the chance for extended arguments.

Andrew Plato

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