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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject [DISCUSS] Using the ooo-users list, FAQ, etc.
Date Tue, 04 Oct 2011 20:05:51 GMT
I think a monthly FAQ on the policies for this list would be useful.  

As one of the three moderators of this list, I just received the 
first-seen moderation-request for an honest-to-goodness spam of 
the Nigerian money-laundering scam sort.  

Most of the moderation requests that the list robot sends to my 
inbox are for unsubscribed or not-yet-subscribed posters.  There 
is a way to let the post through, with the option of enabling all 
future posts as well, but it doesn't grant a subscription.  That 
takes the usual ritual.  No one is subscribed automatically.  Sometimes 
moderation can take several hours depending on when moderators are 
awake and reading their mail.  (Reading mail while asleep is discouraged.)
I give moderation requests first-priority in my inbox.

I suppose the FAQ could talk about that.

The FAQ should point out that all posts are archived and as a matter 
of policy, posts are not deleted and I am not sure a moderator can do it.  
The FAQ could point out about access via GMane too.

Likewise, banning users is not taken lightly (or done easily).  Unless 
an user turns into a spam source or goes off into some sort of 
off-topic-for-everything-at-all message-strafing attack (and serious 
offensive speech after cautioning), the idea is for list users to work 
out controversies among themselves and clean up our own street.

Any more thoughts about what a FAQ should contain beside basic logistics 
and what the scope of subject-matter for the list is?  

As for etiquette, I would go so far as to link to a nice treatment 
provided by Italo Vignoli at <>, 
with minimal patches with regard to difference in subject matter and 
other details that apply to this list.

 - Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: Hagar Delest [] 
Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2011 11:48
Subject: Re: Forum outage

The only action needed here is just to stop replying this topic!
So please let this post be the last one.


Le mar. 04 oct. 2011 11:10:46 CEST, floris v <> a écrit :

> Op 4-10-2011 6:25, Dennis E. Hamilton schreef:
>> And then farther down in the same message, the question Robert Holtman asked was
>> "Again, could you please expand on your opinion?"
>> When Andreas objected to a characterization of forums (not exactly in a nice way).
>> He responded to that also.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Larry Gusaas []
>> Sent: Monday, October 03, 2011 20:32
>> To:
>> Subject: Re: Forum outage
>> On 2011-10-03 9:23 PM Robert Holtzman wrote:
>>> Errr...I didn't ask any questions.
>> Yes you did. You asked "Could you please expand on your objection to mailing lists?"
>> received a very clear response to that question which you then denigrated by accusing
>> author of "ranting.
> +1. Some forums have the advantage that you can add users to an ignore list. It'd be
great to have that possibility here as well.

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