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Re: We can halve volume by not allowing nondevelopers to post

Agreed.  I've seen too many threads that go off topic quickly, and quickly
become auto-delete messages.  The problem is that we need to train people to
either change the topic when they go off topic, or to take personal attacks to
private e-mail.  A moderator would fix this in most cases, but with the volume,
we would need to have someone do it full time.

							Dave Bristel

On Tue, 6 Apr 1999, Oscar Levi wrote:

> Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 09:02:49 -0700
> From: Oscar Levi <elf@buici.com>
> To: Debian-Devel <debian-devel@lists.debian.org>
> Subject: Re: We can halve volume by not allowing nondevelopers to post
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> On Mon, Mar 29, 1999 at 04:14:40PM -0800, Steve Lamb wrote:
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> > On Sat, 27 Mar 1999 19:00:45 -0800, Oscar Levi wrote:
> > 
> > >These things help, but I don't have time to wade through d-devel with adequate 
> > >care.
> > 
> >     What is, exactly, "adequate care"?  I don't use a threading mail client,
> > I sort by subject and then date/time on my client and, just coming off a
> > 3-day road trip, could clear out the two Debian lists I'm on in about 35-45
> > minutes tops.  Most of the threads are of no interest to me.  I don't even
> > need to read the first message.  Subjects are quite accurate on mailing
> > lists.  So the whole process is giving the list a once over, marking what I
> > don't want to read as deleted, then going back.  out of the ~200 a day I get
> > from both lists I *read* maybe 5-10, respond to less unless I am in a thread
> > in which case that goes up slightly.
> > 
> >     That is not that bad.  So I'm curious what your definition is of
> > "adequate care" so we can define what the possible extremes are and try to
> > find some common ground.
> I'd read more of the list if it didn't take 30 minutes just to delete
> the messages.  The point is simple.  Reading one out of 200 messages
> doesn't constitute being 'involved'.  Spending an 30 minutes a day
> deleting mail isn't very rewarding.
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