Re: Re-ban RJ!

Mr J.M. Ottevanger (J.Ottevanger@LIVERPOOL.AC.UK)
Thu, 31 Aug 1995 12:23:37 +0100

In the last mail Bret Diamond said:
> I must admit that when I first heard that Robert Johnson was returning to
> the list, I was less than excited. However, I felt that he deserved the
> benefit of the doubt, and I hoped that perhaps his absence from the list had
> allowed him to temper his postings somewhat. And while that seemed to be
> the case for awhile, slowly but surely RJ has managed to place himself
> once again in the spotlight of controversey and I believe that his
> continued presence on the list is far more of a hindrance than an asset.
> Suffering through his lenghthy diatribes is bad enough, now we are a
> forum for his personal paranoid/delusional conspiracy theories that
> revolve around his vendettas against those who are "out to get him."
> I truly believe in freedom of speech, and accordingly I utilize
> my delete key vigorously. I feel that RJ's posts however usually
> overstep the boundary of what is acceptable and what is not. Every now
> and then he posts something that does seem valuable, but these rare
> contributions are overshadowed by frequent, lengthy ramblings.
> I know that I am not alone in feeling this way, and I know that
> there are those who will vigorously defend RJ. I guess the last posting
> about UC Boulder and RJ's percieved enemies was the straw that broke the
> camel's back for me. I believe that the content and frequency of RJ's
> posts warrant stiffer action the merely using the delete key. I think the
> list's integrity is at stake, and I think re-banning RJ should be seriously
> considered.
> Bret