Re: Collaborative killfiling Re: META: Committee on Un-Extropian Activities

From: Brian Atkins (
Date: Mon Jun 26 2000 - 10:23:54 MDT

Imagine you are traveling in Europe where it costs something like $4 per
hour to roam/dialin using your US net account. Also imagine your emailbox
can only hold around 1k emails. So reduction in the volume of your email
would be a good thing.

More importantly, imagine you are a newbie who just subscribed to the
list and you suddenly get flooded with 200 emails per day, 75% of which
are idiotic flamewars. You are not going to hang around long enough to
figure out who you should unthinkingly auto-delete and who is worth

zeb haradon wrote:
> Why do people get so excited about this? It's not a problem which requires
> very much solving. It takes me about a quarter of a second to mark an e-mail
> for deletion. I'm reading this thread because I find it interesting (from an
> anthropological point of view). If I no longer found it interesting, I'd see
> the topic, and not read it. Nothing is sucking me in and forcing me to open
> the mail.
> >From: Brian Atkins <>
> >Reply-To:
> >To:
> >Subject: Collaborative killfiling Re: META: Committee on Un-Extropian
> >Activities
> >Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2000 13:33:13 -0400
> >
> >Well the mailing list seems to have been upgraded recently to mark messages
> >from non-members as such. Or perhaps when it says "Non-member submission"
> >it means a posting from someone not subscribed to the list. At any rate
> >here is a pretty simple proposal: put a little link at the end of each
> >message sent out to ExI members. They can click on it when they think a
> >thread has gone too far. If it gets enough votes the mailing list software
> >killfiles any more messages with that subject line for 10 days or
> >something.
> >And it sends a message to the list saying so. Collaborative killfiling in
> >other words. Could be expanded later on to ban posters, provide ratings
> >in subject lines regarding postings and/or authors, etc. etc. I think for
> >a perl hacker with access to the ExI server the first stage of this could
> >be hacked together and tested in a weekend or less.
> >
> >Are those Javien guys working on something like this?
> >
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