Solving Crossposting Problem [was BAD: Crossposting to transhuman & extropians]

Robert J. Bradbury (
Mon, 30 Aug 1999 01:38:59 -0700 (PDT)

On Mon, 30 Aug 1999, O'Regan, Emlyn wrote:

> There have been a lot of crossposts to transhuman & extropian lists in the
> last couple of weeks (like this one). Many people are subscribed to both (I
> think). Do we need to be crossposting?

No, we need a better system that implements the needs of individual users. Presumably the transhumanist list started as something orthogonal to the extropian list. Some of the technology oriented lists are orthogonal to one or both of those. We can't keep creating orthogonal lists without making the crossposting problem worse.

> Is a politically neutral list even possible for transhumanism?

Unlikely, what you need are personalized distribution lists (push mode) or prioritized presentations (pull mode) to allow individuals to tune their inputs to their interests.

> Anyway, if anyone's got ideas on this that would be great.

We *are* working on it. It will require a complex merging of the available technologies as well as some adaptation on the part of the users.