Re: Robert Johnson

Harriet Whitehead (whitehea@WSUNIX.WSU.EDU)
Mon, 13 Mar 1995 08:43:33 -0800

The case for censorship is a tough one, but I'm working on it! Until
something even better comes along, I find John Mcreery's image of the
bartender and the bar quite effective. Sure, you can use the delete
button, and we all do, and sure it isn't costing you anything *if your
e-mail comes free,* but I'm aware of people who've left this bar, or
vastly decreased their participation (as I have) because its started to
feel like trying to maintain a quiet and connected conversation in a
space filled with shouting drunks. It's a 'tone' kind of thing.

Robert Johnson isn't the only offender, obviously, so the 'slippery
slope' of exclusion becomes worrisome. Maybe the probation idea is worth
exploring just to see if the list perks back up when the shouters are


Harriet Whitehead
Anthro, WSU