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Need for Moderation
It is a sad fact that we need moderation of the list. Too many
individuals forget that the list is not a chat line, or are not aware
of 'net manners. There has been no need to flood my e-mail with
frivolous statements and one liners (e.g., the comments that followed
Brett-Surman's reminding everyone that today is Darwin's Birthday).
Many comments and messages are clearly meant for a single person, not
me or the rest of the list. Such messages and comments should be sent
to that person. Their e-mail address should accompany the original
message or inquiry.
It is because of the these inappropriate messages that I read only
about two or four messages every other day, the rest I delete unread.
This is unfortunate for you because I undoubtedly miss something
important you wish for me to consider. However, my time is too
important to me to sort the wheat from the chaff. Everyone on this list
has a responsibility to think before they type. Tell me something
profound to think about, even if it is a different point of view on
someone's position. Spare me the "Arrrgghhs!" or "I agree!"
Mickey and I have been in communication and it is this silliness and
waste of everyone's time that Mickey wishes to moderate, not discussion
or serious debates (sauropod gas was silly and I deleted that
discussion unread). If you don't want this moderation, then help
supervise this list by sending a private e-mail to the
offender, or go start your own list.
If you wish to communicate directly to me about my comments, fine.
Please put my name in the subject line, otherwise I will delete your
message unread. I have other things to do.
Dept. of Earth Sciences
Denver Museum of Natural History
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205