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

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Tue, 2 Dec 1997 09:16:23 -0800 (PST)

> ...Generally people react quite negatively to having
> something taken away (much more so than to an a equivalent gain)...

...And even when what is "taken away" wasn't theirs to begin with.

It never ceases to amaze me how many people complain that something is
being "taken away" when it was a freebie to begin with. No one has any
inherent right to post to a list maintained by someone else, and
restricting the list will not alter one bit the right of non-members
to form their own list--hell, I'll host it myself if they really want
one. The question is not what the list posters want; the question is
how ExI can best spend /its/ money. If a closed list is of the greatest
benefit to ExI--not the posters, just ExI--then that's what they should
choose to pay for, nothing more.

As a current freeloader on this list, I have not the slightest illusion
that I'm entitled to anything from ExI I haven't paid for. If they
want to continue allowing me to freeload, that's their business, but if
they want to spend their money more frugally, the freeloaders will just
have to form their own list or pay up. TANSTAAFL!

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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