Re: META: Committee on Un-Extropian Activities

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Sun Jun 25 2000 - 16:34:43 MDT

Being by nature nonconfrontational, I am extremely reluctant to
wade into this goddam morass, but there is something I think
desperately needs to be said.

Regardless of what viewpoint one is posting or what circumstances,
do read carefully everything you write before you post, and think,
think hard: is there aaaaanything, aaaaanywhere in this post, that could
possibly be interpreted as a threat of any kind? If so, please reword it.

Many of us here have never met each other, and we know that
the internet is a medium which poorly transmits sarcasm and
literary subtlety. You know I goof a lot on the list, but not
anything that could ever be interpreted or misinterpreted as
a threat. If I ever do, someone please point it out to me, and
I will run a sigline saying "None of the foolishness
I post was ever intended as a threat of any kind."

Perhaps even the terms "killfiling" and "posse" should be avoided
during a wicked flamewar. "Plonking" is better. Furthermore, that
"killjoy Bill Joy" is in poor taste and should be avoided. Bill
Joy doesnt know us. I would be appalled if he feared for his
safety just because his name happens to lend itself to wordplay
and his views disagree with ours.

Let us conduct ourselves as a bunch of sane gentlepeople who
happen to disagree and be mad as hell at each other. But thats all,
nothing more. spike

> > >Harvey Newstrom wrote:
> > >>
> > >> "Michael S. Lorrey" <> wrote:
> > >> > > >to quote one of Jim Halperin's characters: "Some people just
> > >> > > >need killin'"...
> > >>
> > >> Mike, this is about the closest thing to an actual death-threat as I
> > >> have ever witnessed on this list. Even if you don't really mean it,
> > >> you must have suspected that this would bother some people.
> > >
> > >So how would this be any different from threating someone with
> > >'killfiling'??? I suppose you are going to say threatening that too is a
> > >death threat...

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