Re: Limiting postings -- looking at numbers

Subject: Re: Limiting postings -- looking at numbers
From: "Chuck Martin" <cm -at- writeforyou -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2003 10:05:09 -0700

"Andrew Plato" <gilliankitty -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote in message
news:206371 -at- techwr-l -dot- -dot- -dot-
> 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
> restrictions and deleting, sight unseen, posts from members I find
uncivil. My
> suggestions were merely to help implement some kind of moderation that
> help reduce the chance for extended arguments.
I swore I wasn't going to respond to this publicy because I questioned how
the discussion related to technical communication. I responded privately to
Eric with some thoughts and suggestions. But Andrew's thought spurred me to
go public.

What Andrew does, in Usenet jargon, would be a killfile. Whether he performs
such an action manually or sets up filters to do it automatically, the
result is the same.

Like perhaps many group deinzens, I read this "mailaing list" not through me
email Inbox, but like a newsgroup, through the news server that Eric
established. Despite the issue with messages bot threading very well, I find
it far more efficient, and can peruse when I have the time. One suggestion I
made to Eric was to turn the list into a newsgroup. There are probably both
advantages and disadvantages to such a suggestion, but one advantage that I
hadn't thought of is that you could create a killfile for newsgroup posters
that would automatically perform the action that Andrew says he uses.

Chuck Martin

P.S. I also note the irony in posting counts where I'm included; in the past
few years, my pariticpation on the list has been sporadic: busrts of posts
follew by weeks and months of nothing. The numbers reflect that I'm a busy
bee, where if you were to look over a longer period, I'd be definitely
lagging. It jsut goes to support the idea that raw numbers rarely tell the
whole story.


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