Re: META: Extropians list to become two lists

Alex Future Bokov (
Mon, 1 Jun 1998 18:50:48 -0400 (EDT)


On Tue, 2 Jun 1998, den Otter wrote:

> The logical consequence is of course to have these discussions
> on a separate list, so that people can speak freely for once,
> without having the weight of being co-responsible for the PR of the
> whole movement on their shoulders, or having to worry about
> being harassed or even prosecuted because of what they
> write.
> Is this such a stupid idea? We all want good PR and protection
> of our privacy, right? Yet we also want to be able to speak freely,
> and to say very controversial things if necessary (and if you've
> nothing "socially unacceptable" to say, then you're simply not
> thinking hard enough). This is the way to do it.

The second logical consequence is that the open list will need to
_improve_ it's PR. People who choose to be on both lists (IMHO) should
have the responsibility of being diplomatic, setting a good example, and
always putting the list in the best possible light. Perhaps
well-intentioned new members who start "grey-goo" or "cloning for
transplantation" threads on the open list could be privately encouraged to
move the discussion to the private list.

--Sincerely, Alex F. Bokov
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