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The sun shines on the DML
Those of you on Vrtpaleo may have seen recent posts about Aetogate which
criticize SVP's behind-closed-doors decision and final statement on the
of plagiarism. Oddly, some readers have thought that the DML administration
was being inconsistent. We do try to keep administrative matters off list
for the sake of restricting posts to the topic of dinosaur science. However,
that does not mean that Mickey and I have secret negotiations that are then
sealed in amphorae for the ages.
List rules are easily found and should be understood by anyone who takes the
time to read the information on our website (dinosaurmailinglist.org) or the
greeting at the beginning of every month.
Also see: http://dml.cmnh.org/1999Jan/msg00018.html
"Go a few rounds with me before *we* agree that it is appropriate
to bring your concerns out in front of the whole list."
New subscribers have occasionally asked us about the rule on "Facilitating
participation by exiles" and how would they know who is an exile? They have
only to ask, and we will provide a list of persons who are not welcome (back)
on the DML. For instance:
Therefore, while we do deliberate and administrate off list, that does not
mean that the opinions, negotiations or outcomes are a secret. We feel that
it is important to able to refer to previous problems and resolutions in order
to apply rulings equally and consistently. Any DML member may ask for an
explanation of list policy or list happenings--just not on the list.
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