pjrv : Messages : 756-756 of 4038
#756 From: "PJ Gaenir"
Date: Tue Oct 8, 2002 12:44 pm
Subject: List Biz: Slight Change in Focus dennanm
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Well, as you may have noticed, I don't always have a ton of time to
pursue posting to this list. You'd think it being mine I'd make a
little more effort but there you go, I've been pretty unreliable of
And often when I do get messages in, I review them in like, the 22
seconds between doing one thing and another, and the semi-
arbitrary 'is-it-focused-enough' decisions are usually okay but
sometimes err on the side of being frankly overcritical.
I've decided since we have a small and closed list, that I am just
going to open up the focus of the list.
This is partly because the 'experiential' discussion is apparently
not real interesting to most people beyond me...
PLEASE NOTE if you are currently receiving email from the list, you
may wish to change to digest-form or get it on the web only, if
highly focused discussion is your preference.
There are some caveats attached to all this. This is only boring
stuff for the record.
I should note that the primary reason I am doing this is so that
participating members have a lot more freedom to post and discuss
what they want; so that moderation is basically not an issue for them
1. I'm not going to moderate much for focus anymore. However that
doesn't mean that the Mean Moderator will disappear if we get off
into the same la-la land that groups like Stargate seem to live in.
I will open the list to media posts, book reviews, current field
politics, barely-related paranormal topics, etc. But I maintain the
right to decide if something is too much presence/%/intensity on the
list and should cease to be on it.
So far this hasn't been an issue because of the tight focused
moderation, but when it's open, it could be.
2. The public archives at Firedocs are already 'selected' archives.
Right now that simply means that list business posts, seriously
offtopic or just irrelevant-to-RV posts, are not included. However
with opening up list focus it also means that my archiving is going
to get more selective/arbitrary. This is my option given it's my
website, but I note it here just as an FYI.
3. This is a private list, not a public list. I am the owner and
reserve the right to be selective about its membership. However I
have let a few people in recently without a formal review and I think
I might continue to do this. I still won't make it public on yahoo --
people will have to find ref to it through Firedocs or through links
anybody else chooses to put on their own lists or websites.
However, my openness on one hand means I wish to invoke more severity
on the other: my biggest bitch online is people who are not ethical
in their communications. This means that they are unable to
communicate without distorting others peoples' input, or without
using other peoples' stuff for some personal or political gain, or
without going off into drama queen politics in private email about
other members. This stuff will get a member bounced out of here
quickly and I reserve the dictator right to make that decision.
It is my hope that my decisions are 'just' enough that those members
most worth having, would never have cause to profoundly disagree.
Obviously I welcome PEM (private email) input from any member if they
wish to share it, but I won't argue moderation or membership on-list.
I really dislike going through this stuff as it just sounds like some
list of rules! -- when what I am REALLY trying to do is OPEN up the
list so there are fewer rules and more openness to whatever members
are interested in. I just have to bore you guys with these
caveats "in case" of potentials down the road.