Re: A moderated everything-list substitute (was: Re: Provably exponential time algorithms)

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Date: Fri, 3 Jan 2003 21:05:35 +1100

> 1. Make the archive public. Why would people join unless they can
> sample what they're getting into?

So they can read the archive.

> 2. Why moderate posts and also restrict subscriptions? That seems
> to be severe overkill. If you're willing to moderate, then let
> everyone join without screening them.

To be honest, I didn't think twice about this. Both of the email lists I'm on
which I really enjoy do this. It seems to work.

> 3. Tell us a bit about yourself. You're asking us to trust you with
> a certain responsibility but we know nothing about you. A search
> through the archive found only two posts by you previous to this
> one, both one-liners.

I was (and will be again, some day!) a student of comp sci and maths down here
in Australia. I did my thesis on discrete models of physics. Models, plural!

> 4. Give some examples of posts that you would let through and ones
> you would reject.

Reject, in increasing order of brutality:

        - Anything copied verbatim where a URL would suffice
        - Answers to questions that can be found with 5 minutes and an
internet connection
        - Questions with answers that can be found with 5 minutes and an internet
        - Anything wildly off-topic
        - Anything incredibly verbose
        - Anything _obviously_ false, stupid, or trivial ("maybe knot theory has
something to do with gravity waves!!!! INTERESTING STUFF!!!")
        - Anything painfully self-centered ("_my_ new theory of X can answer this
question so easily!! just look: (45KB of incomprehensible rambling follows))
        - Spam

Let through:

        - Most anything else

Wholeheartedly encourage:

        - Original ideas
        - Drafts, fragments of papers and discussion, comments and criticism of these

Received on Fri Jan 03 2003 - 05:06:16 PST

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