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  • Anselm Lingnau

    Anselm Lingnau Sept. 28, 2001, 5:33 p.m. (Message 27583)

    IMPORTANT: Strathspey policy

    Sorry to bore you again with list operation matters, but in the
    aftermath of the `censorship' discussion I should like to make the
    following changes to the Strathspey list policy:
    1. The `ground rules' as listed on
       shall be augmented by a paragraph reading
        Gross violations of these rules, in particular the first three items,
        may result in posting privileges being withdrawn at the discretion of
        the list maintainer(s).
       The `first three items' in question pertain to non-SCD material,
       dance instructions being posted without the deviser's consent, and
       another rule that I shall add saying something like
        - Please keep your submissions reasonably courteous. Imagine you
          are sitting on a discussion panel in front of 500 people (which
          is essentially true), and pick your language accordingly. Remember
          that you might meet your opposite on the dance floor one day. Also
          remember that anything posted to the list is archived for public
          access, so your mom, spouse, boss, future boss, SCD teacher, ...
          might come across it eventually.
       So far this has not been one of our big problems, and in fact the
       type of good-natured banter that the list is up to every so often
       is part of its appeal (as far as I am concerned). However I would 
       like to reserve the right to deal with people who post intentional
       below-the-waistline insults etc. without getting into a big debate
       on semantics. (I seem to remember kicking somebody off for using
       extremely offensive language -- and I'm not particularly squeamish 
       -- once before, so this is basically a codification of existing
       practice.) I suppose people will be warned once, anyway.
    2. The message that is sent out to new subscribers asking them to 
       confirm their subscriptions shall be changed to contain the rules
       (quoted from the web page mentioned above, whose URL will also be
       given), the paragraph mentioned above and a notice that confirming
       the subscription means agreement to abide with the rules. This
       notice will also mention the possibility of reading Strathspey on
       the WWW without subscribing to the actual mailing list.
    3. If there are no major objections to this I shall announce the change
       to the Strathspey list subscribers. From that moment on I shall
       stipulate that all posters to the Strathspey list agree with the new
    It is important to note that, since the rules are all about posting
    material to the list, the restriction refers only to `posting
    privileges' being withdrawn (which happens to be what the list software
    lets me do straightforwardly -- the only way for me to keep people from
    subscribing to the list would be by manually approving every single
    subscription request, and the way AOL & co. are slinging e-mail
    addresses around, people could sneak in anyhow). Everybody in the world
    with WWW access can look at the Strathspey discussions in the archive on
    the Server, anyway, so a ban on the actual subscription would be a bit
    I should like to make it clear that I am in no way trying to set myself
    up as list dictator (no more than I already am, anyway). The openness of
    Strathspey to all sorts of opinions regarding Scottish dancing and music
    is its main virtue, and it is exactly this property that I am trying to
    preserve, by making it easier to deal with purposefully-obnoxious
    rulebreakers who can now be told that they (1) did agree to abide with
    the list rules, and (2) were made aware of the consequences of not
    playing along. The main purpose of the change is to outline these
    consequences, which in the past were decided on ad-hoc (usually the
    `offenders' were kicked off anyway, in the two or three cases that we
    had in the 8-year history of the Strathspey list).
    Good-faith mistakes will be dealt with as they always used to, i.e., I
    might send out a private message asking the sender not to do it again,
    or I might send out a general reminder to the list at large. The 30-day
    WTC ban was my idea of getting the *topic* off the list quickly without
    singling out individual posters, and not a decision I arrived at
    lightly, much less one that I was personally happy about -- however, the
    overwhelming agreement by people who wrote to me afterwards told me that
    the decision had been right as far as the readership was concerned. To
    repeat, as long as I have any say in this no one will be banned from
    posting for sending a message to Strathspey that deals with Scottish
    dancing or music, however outlandish its actual content -- it is the
    obvious non-SCD material that I'd like to get rid of.
    Please let me know (in private e-mail, if you like) what you think of 
    this, in particular if you object.
    Anselm Lingnau (Frankfurt, Germany)     Strathspey SCD mailing list maintainer
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