Spirited Debate on LO LO6661

Richard Karash (rkarash@karash.com)
Sat, 13 Apr 1996 23:07:25 -0400 (EDT)

Replying to LO6655 --

Ray asks a good question... Just *why* is the LO list "moderated?"

I offer the Learning-org facility as a service to the community
interested in Learning Organizations. I moderate the list to:

1) Keep "junk" out of your mailboxes. Stuff like...

- "Msg LOxxx was undelierable to..."
- "Please add me to your LO list!"
- "Last chance to get your Green Card! Call us right away!"
- "Call us for intelligent, beautiful, capable wives from Russia"
- "Hey, Joe, I saw your note on LO! How is Sally?"

I *know* you don't want this stuff, and I can send samples to anyone who
would like to verify this for themself!

2) Keep an appropirate degree of focus on the topic of learning
organizations. This is tricky sometimes; people read for stimulation as
well as for specific, expected information. But, my theory is that the
ability to be selective is the key to staying sane on the internet. My aim
is to support your ability to be selective to an appropriate degree.

3) To create here a grand experiment -- that we not only talk about
learning organizations, but that we *be* a learning organization together,
here. I (and my colleagues in learning organization work) believe that
mutual respect and the tone of dialog is important; I do return to authors
some msgs which I believe are inconsistent with that tone. Part of my
interest in doing the LO facility is I think we are learning how to
support learning in a large community.

4) To avoid msgs which might confuse. Email lacks the visual and auditory
cues which help us understand each other in conventional meetings.
Sarcasm, irony, and even normal expression can easily be mis-understood.
Anger and "flaming" can escalate rapidly. I return to authors some msgs in
which I feel there is likelihood of damaging misunderstanding, and I
invite them to re-send.

I do not accept or reject msgs based on whether I agree, or on whether I
think the point of view is of value, at least not consciously.

I reject a very small proportion of intentional messages from subscribers.

I am open to input about my policies. I am not open to eliminating the
moderator role entirely.

-- Rick

On Fri, 12 Apr 1996 Lam5321@aol.com wrote:

> Could I ask an innocent question here: Why is there ANY censorship on
> this listserve?


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