META: ExI dues; list quality

Damien R. Sullivan (
Sun, 30 Nov 1997 19:44:33 -0800 (PST)

On Nov 30, 6:21pm, "Michael M. Butler" wrote:

} Unfortunately, I also let myself get sucked into a lot of time-wasting
} arguments, so my year on the list comes out as a net loss. I am coming to

Your choice, and responsibility.

} Not being a member doesn't mean anything. Being a member means you put some
} money where your mouth is.
} What's the problem? Honestly?

Being ignored doesn't discourage some people. Paying money may
discourage some, encourage/self-justify others. Filtering, however,
does work. Really. My life is much nicer with 24 people sent to
/dev/null. 14 people receive my much tighter list of selected
messages. Filtering people based on whether they pay money is a crude
filter; it tells me something about their committment, possibly, but
nothing about their quality. It may be a good tool for some face to
face clubs with no alternative. Here, however, I can filter people
directly based upon my perception of their quality. Much more subtle.

-xx- ROU Bibliovore X-)

And I'll set my sails of silver
And I'll steer toward the sun
And you false love shall weep for me
When I'm gone, when I'm gone, when I'm gone, when I'm GONE!