Stop. Stop, stop, stop, stop, stop
brian at hyperreal.org
Thu Apr 15 16:40:02 UTC 1999
On 15 Apr 1999, Russell Nelson wrote:
> Derek Balling writes:
> > Possible reasons for people unsubscribing:
> > 1.) The list name, "license-discuss" is ambiguous. Perhaps "license-review"
> > would have been more in line with your intent.
> Perhaps so.
Worth changing it, IMHO.
> > 2.) I cannot find an online charter for the list, so checking to see if a
> > topic is on/off-topic for the formal charter is impossible near as I can tell.
> The announcement for the list had the charter.
It should also be in the welcome message people get when they subscribe,
or possibly the confirmation message.
> > 3.) "Got it? Shut up." Nice attitude. Is that the official position of
> > OSI, to be completely utterly rude?
> First I said "squash, squash". Discussion continued.
> Next I put a filter on that Subject line, asking people if they were
> sure that their posting belonged on the list. Discussion continued.
> Who has the attitude?
Russ, lighten up. If you're going to guide list discussion, you need to
stop treating the people on this list like they were subscribers to
djb-qmail. Admit that the list charter wasn't clear enough, and your
attempts to moderate it by rejecting posts with a particular subject line
is clumsy at best, and encourages people to work around it to make their
point. If you're going to moderate it by dis/approving certain messages,
be up front about it. I don't think moderating it is a good idea, though.
For the members of the list, *please* take the GPL discussions elsewhere.
The license under review isn't going to be the GPL, and using the GPL as a
reference point for it will not be useful. The only reference point is
the OSD. If you think the OSD needs changing, that should be in another
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