[extropy-chat] Meta: List quality

Mike Lorrey mlorrey at yahoo.com
Sun Apr 10 04:48:37 UTC 2005

--- Zero Powers <zero.powers at gmail.com> wrote:

> I've never understood the "how dare they allow postings about [insert
> your favorite pet peeve subject] on this list" contingent.  Is it
> really that hard to hit the "delete" key and keep on going?  If you
> find that a particular poster or two are consistently [take your
> pick: irrelevant, irreverent, immaterial, boring, stupid, "off-
> topic"], every e-mail program worth its salt has the equivalent of a
> kill-file.
>  I know, I've used mine in the past to enhance the quality of my own
> experience on this list.
> I don't know, maybe I shouldn't even have jumped into this fray.  But
> I've always had quite a low tolerance for would-be censors and
> cry-babies who would impose their own personal standards on others,
> rather than arrange their lives so that they can subject themselves
> to their own standards without stepping on the freedoms of others. 
> Sheesh.

I agree entirely. Nobody has an inherent right to not be offended. The
amount of socialism going on in transhumanist circles these days
offends me daily but I don't demand that all be tested for libertarian
purity and purged from the list. If I don't want to be offended, but
remain on the list, I need to set up filters to either filter out posts
with offensive keywords, or filter out offensive posters. By doing so,
I would need to accept the fact that doing this stands as much chance
of degrading my list experience as improving it, as it will likely lead
to my only hearing parts of conversations and winding up making
inappropriate posts that are either out of context or deal with settled

Mike Lorrey
Vice-Chair, 2nd District, Libertarian Party of NH
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
                                      -William Pitt (1759-1806) 
Blog: http://intlib.blogspot.com

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