Statement & apology (was Re: 10 Year Rule)
jwest at classiccmp.org
Tue Aug 29 09:51:49 CDT 2006
> Now, hold the horses. Has there been something I missed?
> Like some putsch? So, who is the ruler that gave us the
> revocation of our basic rule, right today?
That would be me, the owner of this list. And given my past indulgence of
many peoples behaviour on the list, I rather resent the "ruler" and "right
revoker" implication/characterization that you make.
This has been a benevolent dictatorship for a long time - since I took over
the list many years ago. From what I have been seeing on the list the past
few months, I have been far far too benevolent. Case in point - severe
off-topicness and quite frankly childish public bickering amongst
listmembers that has gone on far too long. I've about had it, and it's
definitely past due time for me to "put my foot down" as it were. Good god
there has been so much childishness here lately I should turn off the list
for everyone a few days to give you all a "time out". People, I am seriously
Regardless of the fact that I am the list owner, I have virtually always
solicited user input before making decisions. I've also virtually always
accepted whatever the majority wishes (including a time or two that the
majority wanted something I was vehemently opposed to). However, I'd
appreciate it if you didn't infer that I do not have the right to make list
decisions on my own, with or without input. Perhaps my "going with the flow"
for so long has lulled you into the notion that I don't have the final say
in matters. I do.
The simple fact is, I prefer to let the membership at large "run things".
However, doing so (at least to the level that I have been) is obviously not
working given the current signal to noise ratio. Since people can't act like
adults and police themselves, I will have to step in and do it. Gee, thanks.
This is a H-O-B-B-Y folks, thankfully Jim Battle was considerate enough to
save me some time and look up the following previous posts:
The revocation date was 2005/05/08:
"The definition of On Topic", Jan 2005
Thread view of same:
I suggest those concerned about what is on-topic and off-topic read the
above, particularly the thread view. Due to the severe off-topicness of
late, I'm not sure I'm really up for any discussion on the matter.
My sincere apologies to the list for not jumping in to this sooner and being
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