[extropy-chat] LIST: Nominating Moderators

Brett Paatsch bpaatsch at bigpond.net.au
Sat Jul 3 00:22:11 UTC 2004

> What do you all think?
> N

I doubt I'd bother reading a private ExI list.  What would be
the point? What subject matter would it contain that isn't available
in other specialist lists?  I'm not interested in being part of any
'secret communities'. 

A public list propagates good memes to some extent - and idiot
posts get judged as that by each reader. A person who fears being
judged is probably afraid to be alive. Good - let them be afraid. 

I don't care if most people approve or disapprove of particular
posts. Information is often more important and empowering than
entertainment and not all people are worth talking too so I don't
care if they listen. 

A list that costs nothing to join and yet gives every person joining
some ability to select out other posters not just for themselves but
for the entire list would suffer a sort of tradgedy of the commons.

It might be funny and entertaining but you'd get regression to the
mean. Perhaps many of the more informative and intellectually
engaging posts wouldn't get widely read and so might not appear
at all. 

My 2 cents.

Brett Paatsch

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