Re: META: ExI dues; list quality

Michael M. Butler (butler@comp*
Sun, 30 Nov 1997 21:41:17 -0800

At 07:44 PM 11/30/97 -0800, you wrote:
>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.

Gee, no kidding. I better write that down; I couldn't possibly already know
that. Thanks for cluing me in, there. My dim, milklike perception of
reality, not unlike the pale eyes of the dogfish, didn't suffice for me to
be aware of my own free will. But the l;laser of your intellect has cut
away the cataracts. thank you, thank you, thank you.

It is also my choice, and my responsibility, to say, as I have, that I
*want* *some* sort of across-the-board "speed bump", and I have already
proposed one such, not costing money from me but requiring some sort of
investment from others, that turned out to be similar to something Robin
Hanson had mentioned. That approach would require the establishment and
maintenance of some sort of one-time-use "currency" and a trickle-feed of
unique serial numbers of same to all list participants. The maillist would
have to be gate-keeper'd by some sort of turnstile automaton. End result
could be a predictable-total-bandwidth list.

But who bells the cat? So that "solution" appears to be far too
labor-intensive at present to set up.

>} 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.

I am aware of that option. Leaving the list is an extreme example of
filtering, nicht wahr?

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