Re: Can we please dekookify the list?

Michael Lorrey (
Sun, 28 Feb 1999 10:39:54 -0500

Spike Jones wrote:

> > > utility fog, wearable computers etc. Then we would lose the kooky
> > > newbies. Of course, that might be Brian's point.... {8^D spike
> >
> > Brian Atkins wrote: No, all of those things are what attracted me to this
> > list.
> me too.
> > I personally think 95% of the posts here are very interesting,
> > and wouldn't want to lose them! I don't consider those to be
> > kooky at all, they are very established transhuman ideas.
> We do get carried away at times. I recommend discipline in
> staying somewhat on topic. (I recognize that I am one of hte
> offenders... sorry.) {8-[ I am on some other lists, and they
> are all more strict about straying off topic than extropians.
> I guess its because with extropians it is more difficult to define
> interests, which span broadly indeed. Let us be quick to take a
> topic offline with those who are interested, such as the perennial
> gun virus and the plane crash thing. {8^D spike

Personally, I think that anyone who wants to be elitist about the list has an already existing alternative: join the extropians-select list. Thats kinda the point of it. You want more signal, less noise, then join ExI and join the select list. The prime purpose of this public unmoderated list is its public relations value. ExI doesn't need a full time PR flack to deal with public queries. There are already several dozen people here who can answer and debate their questions for free.

ANyone who is expecting high signal to noise ratios on a free unmoderated list is kidding themselves. TANSTAAFL.

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