1997-02-05 - Re: Moderation [Tim,Sandy]

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From: Peter Hendrickson <pdh@best.com>
To: Declan McCullagh <aba@dcs.ex.ac.uk>
Message Hash: 438d1b76976d18ed6abc563e1978409e6605449ee96ddc930dd5733c09ad5233
Message ID: <199702050741.XAA18598@toad.com>
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UTC Datetime: 1997-02-05 07:41:16 UTC
Raw Date: Tue, 4 Feb 1997 23:41:16 -0800 (PST)

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From: Peter Hendrickson <pdh@best.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Feb 1997 23:41:16 -0800 (PST)
To: Declan McCullagh <aba@dcs.ex.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: Moderation [Tim,Sandy]
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At 6:22 PM 2/4/1997, Declan McCullagh wrote:
> What Vulis and the rest (whom I killfiled long ago) have done is polluted a
> common resource, making it unusable for the rest. It's the tragedy of the
> commons. When all can speak without limit in a public forum, the drunken
> boor can shout everyone else down.

I think this analogy is inappropriate for modern communications

Mailing lists have the wonderful property that the drunken boor
cannot shout everyone else down.  This is what is so great about
the Net.  It is trivial to filter the drunken boor.  This cannot
be done in a crowded auditorium.

Another neat property is the fact that people can't interrupt
each other and everybody can "talk" at once.

Peter Hendrickson