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Re: Administration of mailing lists

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Administration of mailing lists
Date: Sat, 08 Oct 2022 00:40:51 +0200
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David Kastrup <dak@gnu.org> writes:

> Jean Abou Samra <jean@abou-samra.fr> writes:
>> Thus I wrote to the general GNU list server admins and proposed
>> to step up for being an admin on these lists, just like I am
>> already an admin on lilypond-user-fr (the French-speaking equivalent
>> of lilypond-user, in case you didn't know).
>> Is that OK with everyone?
> I am still serving as one admin on other lists and there's never been
> anything akin to "moderation" involved: you junk the spam and let the
> other stuff through, usually with "mark this mail address as ok" to cut
> down on future work.
> The "complex" decisions consists mostly of returning some from multiple
> pending attempts to post the same content and telling the poster that
> one did so and why.
> But that's actually rare, and if it's not excessive, it might be better
> not to give the impression of micromanagement and just let things
> through.
> That's the impression I also get from current LilyPond list moderators
> (thanks David!): you don't really get the impression that there is
> anybody doing anything except that the amount of visible spam is
> essentially zero and that doesn't happen by itself.

I see that I failed to answer the question: I find that "list moderator"
on these lists is not as much a position of power as a light sideload of
work and responsibility.

As such, I'd have no qualms with any volunteer taking it on except for
those with an obvious agenda, like wanting to shape the discourse.

And I really don't have that expectation from any contributor here.  So
it's a "sure, go ahead" from me.

David Kastrup

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