Re: New option: Leave Extropians as is, start exi-members list

S.J. Van Sickle (
Tue, 2 Dec 1997 09:01:31 +0000

Max said:

> Instead, we could leave the Extropians list as it is, and create a new,
> additional list, say ExI-Members, or Extropians-Special, or
> Extropians-Insider (or whatever has the appropriate elitist ring to it :)
> ). That would leave this list more open, but mean we have a more filtered,
> probably higher S/N list, with clear guidelines for members, so we would
> still have a new members-only benefit to add to the other membership benefits.

This list is sponsored by ExI itself, yes? Its going to be the
first place newcomers look, since they will want to see the "main"
list (even though that would not be accurate). First impressions are
important. Why not do it the other way? Make this, the "main",
unhyphenated list members only post, everyone read, and create a
Extropians-Free for All list. Make the Extropians FfA deliberately
*anything goes*, nothing censored, like the Speaker's Corner in Hyde
Park. Actively encourage eccentrics to speak out as an expression
of Extropian ideals without seeming to endorse them. That way we can
present a more serious, controlled public face while still providing
a forum for totally unfettered communication.