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Re: [DotGNU][ADMIN] moderation, revised list charter

From: Norbert Bollow
Subject: Re: [DotGNU][ADMIN] moderation, revised list charter
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2003 00:45:24 +0200 (CEST)

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Several subscribers have have asked for this list's moderation
to be removed, on grounds of mailing list moderation not being

I have decided to honor this request.  There will be no moderation
of postings which have a From: address which is subscribed to the

It remains my carefully considered opinion that it is fully
appropriate to hand-moderate mailing lists during during times
of high flame war risk, such as when someone with a bully type
personality has just been banned.

It remains my view that mailing list moderation is *not* a form a
censorship if it is done
 a) based on a clear list charter, and
 b) by a team of moderators so that there is accountability.

However I am running this list as a steward on behalf of the GNU
project and on behalf of the list's subscribers.

Since the list's subscribers do not support moderation as a means
of flame war prevention, this precaution will not be taken.  The
use of the more stealthy methods of flame war prevention, such as
keyword filters, is totally out of the question because (based on
what FSF executive director Bradley Kuhn has told me) it seems to
be a GNU policy that [for GNU mailing lists] "the right way" of
taking flame war prevention measures is to make the list moderated
and announce that it is moderated.

Since the other options have been ruled out, the list is going to
be and remain unmoderated.  If that results in flame wars, so be it.
Flame wars are not the end of the world.  I will be wearing
my asbestos underwear. :-)

Greetings, Norbert.

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