[sumo] Please update- Time for a SML moderator???
Scott M. Kahn
smk1 at columbia.edu
Thu Sep 4 15:30:18 EDT 2008
I agree with most of your comments about moderation. However, the
mailing list is now faced with being rendered relatively irrelevent
except for basho time. There are many alternatives to the list these
days, blogs, news letters, the sumo search bar tool, and the sumo
forum that sumo fans can access.
A moderator may be a way to restore the stature of the mailing list to
a point at which those who posted freely before will choose to do so
again. I think we could recruit one or a few of us to serve as
moderators. Unless the consensus is for the status quo...
Perhaps the mailing list administrator might choose to have a vote on
this issue if there are enough of us who are willing to sacrifice
moderation at this time. Personally, I'm good either way, but it is
worth a discussion IMO.
Quoting Jimmy <greengourd at gmail.com>:
> I've been a member of the List for years. Years and years and years.
> And years! We have this same discussion about moderation every few
> months. And so far, we've always concluded that moderation is
> paternalistic, offensive, and inconsistent with the rough-and-tumble
> of the internet. And, of course, no one wants to *do* the moderation.
> I, for one, wouldn't participate on a List with a moderator of the
> sort Scott advocates.
> The List is moribund because some of our heaviest contributors ditched
> us after they weren't treated very well by fellow List-members. These
> things happen. It's a post-mailing list kind of world now, so it's
> probably unlikely the List will ever be truly vital again.
> Unfortunately, the Sumo Forum isn't really a substitute for many of
> the things—amity, among them—that the List once provided.
> Best wishes,
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