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Re: [ontolog-forum] Tighter control of ontolog forum?

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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2009 11:55:31 -0500
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Chris,    (01)

The suggestion of vetting the email sounds promising, but there
are two serious problems with _a priori_ censorship:    (02)

  1. It delays the posting until an editor has a chance to review
     the message.    (03)

  2. It assumes that it is possible to find all-wise, all-knowing,
     and completely unbiased editors.  Anyone with those qualities
     would be in infinite demand and therefore unavailable for such
     a menial job as vetting email -- e.g., God may be qualified,
     but the evidence suggests that he doesn't want the job.    (04)

Therefore, I recommend a solution of _a posteriori_ vetting:    (05)

  1. Choose a small committee of knowledgeable and fair members
     to monitor the messages.    (06)

  2. If anyone goes over reasonable limits of volume and relevance
     in their messages, the committee would send a warning to the
     offending individual.  If anyone continues to send offensive
     messages to the list after three warnings, then that person
     shall be expunged from the list of submitters.    (07)

John    (08)

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