1997-02-11 - Re: Moderation experiment almost over; “put up or shut up”

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From: Dale Thorn <dthorn@gte.net>
To: Brad Dolan <bdolan@USIT.NET>
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UTC Datetime: 1997-02-11 15:26:42 UTC
Raw Date: Tue, 11 Feb 1997 07:26:42 -0800 (PST)

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From: Dale Thorn <dthorn@gte.net>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 1997 07:26:42 -0800 (PST)
To: Brad Dolan <bdolan@USIT.NET>
Subject: Re: Moderation experiment almost over; "put up or shut up"
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Brad Dolan wrote:
> How do you encourage people to use resources more-or-less wisely?
> 1.  The socialist/nanny model - take charge and give 'em orders
> We've tried that and it apparently didn't work out.
> 2.  The market model - charge people for what they use
> A while back, omebody suggested a system which would be self-funding, by
> charging people for each post they made.  Maybe we should try it?  If
> each little piece of ASCII art cost a poster a buck or two to send, he
> might send fewer.  On the other hand, we don't want to discourage
> interesting posters, so I think some system to reimburse interesting
> posters would be useful.
> I'm not the guy to set up the system, but I'll happily buy a modest amount
> of "posting tickets."

When you're a spy, you usually pay for info.  In John's case, he's
been getting the info for free.  Now you're suggestion he charge
people for providing him the info.  This is not the direction John
wants to go.  He just wants cleaner info, that's all.