[OT] Moderators (was Revolution Freezing or Quitting Unexpectedly)
scott at cdroo.com
Wed Jun 20 00:56:29 CDT 2007
From: "Shari" <shari at gypsyware.com>
> I've never seen you yell at anybody unless they were awful bad kiddies.
> Rotten little buggers who deserved to be yelled at :-) If you've ever
> read the message boards for various stocks, now THEY could use a heavy
LOL! It was very different in years gone by on comp.software.shareware.*.
We were exposed to some very nasty and disruptive elements. I ended up
putting them in a blacklist so I never saw their posts and didn't have to
consider posting them or rejecting them. However two years ago we declared
an amnesty and so far there have been no real problems. Technically I'm the
FAQ maintainer for alt.comp.shareware.* but I pretty much leave that group
alone unless "Stephen Super Genious From Outer Space" shows up and then I
can't help myself - though I ignored his post from last week. <g>
> Speaking of newsgroups, it's a sad day when one disappears.
> comp.sys.mac.games.announce apparently has been dissolved :-(
Yes. Usenet is slowly dieing. Most new web users only know how to use
web-boards or email lists. So many don't even know what a newsreader client
is anymore. It's a shame as it's one of the internets oldest communication
forms (before email and the WEB) and it really is a convenient and flexible
way to communicate. More groups will die off in time. It's just taken
longer for the programming ones to die.
> As for this list, I think it does a pretty good job self-moderating. If
> someone goes astray, others will usually tap them on the shoulder. Even
> though I'm new to this list, I feel at home because I already know several
> of the regulars from other lists :-)
This is actually one of the best programming mailing lists I've joined.
Mostly it is helpful. There is some politics but it's the exception and not
the rule. I honestly suspect some of thist is tied to the nature of
transcript (it's history) and to some extent the high number of Apple Mac
users who seem to have a friendlier approach to folks than a lot of Windows
users and programmers I know.... ;-)
(who still does his development on Windows)
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