Re: Flames and Replies- A Reminder

Danny Yee (danny@STAFF.CS.SU.OZ.AU)
Sat, 11 Feb 1995 12:43:21 +1000

Richard Spear wrote:
> I'd be cautious about conversion to a Usenet newsgroup ... there already *is*
> a sci.anthropology and it has been virtually unusable over the last two weeks
> because of three threads dominating the inputs (this is changing for the
> better as we speak). These threads are mired down in vituperative accusations
> and have lost much of the value they might have had in the beginning. There is
> some advantage to a list (even to a monitored list) but I *do* usually
> enjoy the discussions on sci.anthro ... you just have to occasionally bide
> your time.
> I guess my point is that each medium has value and anthro-l usually produces
> interesting interactions.


This is exactly the way I feel about the situation wrt to
sci.anthropology. But when it comes down to it, this is a form
of "security by obscurity" elitism. I'm not sure how I'd defend
my feelings that anthro-l should be "protected from the masses"
if challenged to. Moderation doesn't seem like a good solution.
I always wondered why the idea of election to groups (a la Card's
_Ender's Game_, written in *1979*!) has never been tried. Perhaps
cooption would be a better method.

Danny Yee.