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Re: [ontolog-forum] Please Stay Relevant & E-mail Filtering

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From: Christopher Menzel <cmenzel@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 12:28:38 -0500
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On Aug 16, 2007, at 9:36 AM, Peter Yim wrote:
> Alert! ... we have been getting increasing numbers of people  
> unsubscribing from the list again, lately.    (01)

Signal/noise varies rather chaotically on ontolog-forum, but the list  
has frequently been a locus of timely, exciting, and authoritative  
discussion for real world ontological engineers.  It is an  
unfortunate side-effect of open subscription policies that good lists  
tend to become victims of their own success.  Fortunately, email  
filters can ensure that (for the most part) you only see messages  
from list members whose contributions you yourself find valuable.  I  
would therefore strongly encourage everyone, rather than taking the  
Draconian step of leaving the ontolog-forum list, to use filters not  
only to shunt ontolog-forum mail into its own folder (regarding  
which, as Peter suggests, see http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl? 
DealingWithMailingListTraffic) but also to use them ruthlessly to  
clobber messages from list members whose postings you find off topic  
or otherwise annoying or disruptive.  This allows the list to retain  
its open membership policies while allowing users the freedom to  
tailor its content to their liking.    (02)

Chris Menzel    (03)

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