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Re: Should mailing list bans be published?

> On Sun, 27 Oct 2013, Charles Plessy wrote:
> > In parallel, I think that we need some technical or social pressure for
> > limiting to 1 or 2 messages a day each individual contribution to long threads.

Le Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 07:35:56AM +0100, Alexander Wirt a écrit :
> That is nonsense. There will always be people that have to write more mails
> to a thread. For example the maintainer of a discussed software, dpl, or the
> ctte member. And so on. Such a general limitation just won't work.

Hi Alex,

Just to clarify: I am not asking for new inflexible rules.

I refrain myself from sending more than 1 or 2 messages per thread and per day,
and I would be grateful to others if they would do so.  If this means that
somebody else will be the one posting an opinion or proposing an idea that is
same to mine, I think that it is a gain for the project in terms of diversity,
and it is not much of a loss for me as I hope that my contribution to Debian is
far more than just telling what I think on mailing lists.

I also make exceptions, and expect others to do so when it makes sense.  But in
many large discussions, there are a large number of messages that are not
particuarly urgent.  Not even judging on the contents, these messages are
driving out of the discussion a lot of people who will not have time to read a
dozens of them in a day.

To implement technical measures is quite far-fetched; I should probably have
not mentionned it.  But the social pressure is simply to see the main
contributors in term of achievements (not posting) moderating the pace of
discussions by the rythm of their answers.

(PS: still about reducing traffic, I am not sure if I would have answered
if your reply had not started by "this is nonsense"…)

PPS: Reducing the traffic is also why I refrain from posting "+1" messages.
Let's not making it important, otherwise, our mailboxes will explode.


Charles Plessy
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan

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