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On Mon, 7 Oct 1996, Keith Preston wrote:
> At 11:00 PM 10/7/96 -0400, Robert Thompson wrote:>
> Maybe if it was possible to switch the list over to a digest format where
> James could edit out the occassional completely inane post, there would be
> less traffic and more meaningful discussion. I'm on a number of listserv
> lists and one digest list, and I'd have to say that the digest is by far the
> most civilized of any list I've ever seen. No bickering or flame wars...the
> conversation gets off topic, but that's the point of the particular list.
> It's just as easy to edit out off-topic posts from a digest (as James's time
> permits). Those members who get their posts edited out frequently probably
> won't waste much time sticking around, or will just go back to lurking.
> Just a friendly suggestion that probably won't come true...
Although I wsh we could put this to rest peacefully and RATIONALLY it
seems to have touched a nerve and may stay around awhile.
First we might ask a question: What is the nature of sloannet? Is it a
socialist group, or a monarchy, or what? If it were democratic, why should
Covey be able to choose which posts get through and which don't.
"you know, "geneyus", there's a world of difference between saying
"if it's not east coast, it sucks" and "if it's not east coast, it's not
relevant to an east coast discussion list". and, uh, perhaps you haven't
noticed this, but the people from ontario who write *relevant* posts are
among some of the most popular and prolific subscribers on this list!"
Agreed, but a lot of the discussion here has been about posts that ARE
east coast (ie sloans hair, show reviews) and stil criticized.
There are very few posts that are going to be interesting to everyone,
and hte larger the list becomes, the harder that will be to achieve. nd
I think at this point it is pointless to try to achieve. Each person
subscribes to this list for different reasons. I ask that the people on
this list try to be less fascist. You are not the only person on this
list, ad what you think as worthwhile just might not be wht the other
hundred or two hundred subscribers think. It's ridiculous! There are
people here who like fan testimonials, who like halifax show reviews, who
like to hear from labels who support EC music (without whom this list
wouldn't exist, because the bands would't be able to get their music
out!), but no one who likes everything that is posted! Just try to be
understandnig that you are not going to like everything, delete the
things that don't interest you and move on, this list does no revolve
aroudn you, I don't care who you are from James Covey to Chris Murphy.
We all agree about general mailing list ettiquette and that posts should
be EC related, but that is very broad and certainly includes most everythign
that peopel have been criticising here.
Sure, we could split off into 3 or 4 newsgroups (show review-l, halifax
only-l, sloan-fan testimonia-l) but then there would still be a need for
a general east coast related newsgroup to fill in all the gaps, and
really, all the othre groups could easily fit into this all purpose one,
which is what I think we have now (I remember there used to be an eric's
trip-l but no one ever posted to it because all such discussion went on
here). I don't remember how this got started, but it was probably of
people being intollerant of other people's posts (even though they were
EC related). Well we are not alone here, this is a community, and used to
be a pretty open minded one, I hope we can keep it that way.
Big brother Covey is watching you.
P.S. I have nothing personally against James Covey or Mike Catano (or
anyone else on this list). I was fortunate enough to meet both of them
while I was in halifax (an awesome city, I'd love to go back), and they
are both super nice guys. I just happen to disagree with some of their
opinions, but I don't mean to flame in any way (although that last line
does seem a litle antagonizing come to think of it...well james, I know
you mean well and I hope to be at another sloannet party sometime soon!)
> > Keith...goin' to see sloan in 5 days :)