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From: Mani Varadarajan (mani_at_be.com)
Date: Wed Aug 12 1998 - 10:57:26 PDT
Dear Members, As of a couple weeks ago, I am reviewing the posts before I forward them to the Bhakti List. I started doing this for a few reasons: (a) to prevent illegible/encoded posts from being posted (b) to prevent blatant, accusatory personal attacks from being posted, to keep the mood of the List friendly (c) to keep the messages readable -- i.e., to inform posters of a series of articles to space them out so we can all read them. I have the time to do this at present; this may not always be the case. I want to emphasize that in no case do I ever edit the content of the messages; if there is anything that I deem offensive, I discuss it with the author of the post before doing anything. No post is summarily rejected (unless it is an exact duplicate of a previous post). This is my very minimal moderation policy, designed to keep discussions alive without getting vitriolic. If anyone has any comments, please step forth so we can discuss them. If the preponderance of members prefer an unmoderated group, I will revert back to no moderation at all. Mani P.S. One member suggested moderation by "a committee of elders." Other than the obvious logistical problems this involves (including its impossibility using the current software), I am loath to have a committee review each post to see its suitability. As stated before, my moderation policy (as has always been the policy of the List) is to encourage healthy, even heated discussion, but to not start pointing fingers and using offensive name-calling. My moderation for the most part will be hands-off.