Re: Extropians Mailing List --Approval Procedure

Date: Fri Nov 03 2000 - 13:58:25 MST

I agree with E. Yudkowsky. I will not holler until I am hurt, but it appears
that this movement "seems" to be becoming exclusionary in nature. Its a
relatively free country, for the moment; and Mr. More needs to do what he
feels is best. I am too much the pragmatist, myself; I have to ask the
question of what does produce pleasing results? Hence my dislike of the
romance of Ayn Rand, the lionizing of Capitalists, and the lack of some
skepticism on when nano technology will flourish (never if!). Do whatever.

In a message dated 11/3/2000 2:57:37 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

> I think it's going to kill the mailing list. I think the primary utility of
> this mailing list is as a de facto major rendezvous point for futurists - I
> know that's the first reason I'm still here. Put up barriers to entry, and
> you kill the list.
> The list does not need barriers to new members. It needs moderators who are
> less reluctant to exercise the power that they have. Either that, or it
> needs
> advanced filtering software that doesn't exist yet. And, oh yeah, the first
> five messages from new posters should be vetted before hitting the lists -
> but
> vet messages, instead of asking posters for physical addresses.
> -- -- -- -- --
> Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
> Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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