From: INGELBIEN RAPHAEL [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Much as I appreciate the proposal, you won't be surprised to hear that I add
my vote to the 'noes'. The main reason is simply that we would hand victory
to the trolls (I half suspect _they_ like the idea). Other reasons include
the existence of separate Eliot lists (suppose someone interested in Eliot
wants to join a forum: what will he or she do?).
I appreciate the frank answer. The only part I don't concede
is the business of handing victory to the trolls. Right from
the beginning of the internet, and in deed on the older version
lists for which one had to use datapac to dial in, rather than
receiving the posts, lists were to start with, monitored.
Just as one would have a chair at a meeting, one would have
a responsible traffic director. It was only more recently
that wide open lists came into being.
It is no failure, only common sense, that one have a person
or persons to keep order, as one would at a colloquium or
any other intellectual gathering.
In effect, it is not just the trolls I am on about,
but the degree to which our off topicness is a detriment
to the list for those who wish, want and or need to have
the focus on Eliot, or the wide set of issues which do
connect with him.
Dr. Peter C. Montgomery
Dept. of English
3100 Foul Bay Rd.
Victoria, BC CANADA V8P 5J2
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