Now that the long time users have spoken, I feel the noobs should be
represented as well, so my two virtual cents:
On Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 2:35 PM, Bruno Marchal <marc...@ulb.ac.be> wrote:
> On 31 Jan 2013, at 11:05, Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 12:46 PM, Kim Jones <kimjo...@ozemail.com.au>
>>> I'm getting a bit jack of this term "metadiscussion" becuse it only ever
>>> gets applied to what other people are choosing to discuss. People talk
>>> about what people want to talk about. It's about taste, perception,
>>> preference and prejudice. Even WITH rigidly adhered-to rules and
>>> conventions, this still applies. The challenge is to take WHATEVER is
>>> spoken about and MAKE that relevant somehow (to whatever you want to make
>>> it relevant to). That's harder, more interesting and dare I say it - more
>>> relevant a process than simply corralling all thinking under one topic or
Yup. I mean, do people really want posting to be restricted, in terms of
relevance, to journal articles (relating btw to a somewhat fuzzy and
controversial notion of TOE) with high impact factor? I wonder how people
sort out the relevance issue in view of the halting problem. How do we know
if this computation or question will take up more weight in say the
Ensemble TOE frame as time goes by? How can you rule out that it might be
an oracle, if you don't give it any chance?
It is understandable that certain discussions don't interest people: but
this doesn't prevent you from deleting and or blocking posts from certain
authors to reach your inbox. I press delete everyday. Takes 10 seconds.
> As soon as you start to set up rules, conventions and expectations the
>>> population divides into those who feel that it is to their advantage to
>>> play by the "rules" and those who believe that this is a constraint. This
>>> list is remarkably troll-free. For that very reason I see no need to
>>> restrict what is spoken of. The ensemble theories of everything probably
>>> won't come from the brains of those who are exclusively obsessed by these
>>> things anyway since by now their perception is circular and their belief
>>> supports their belief. You need random thinkers, people who will break the
>>> local equilibrium and who will introduce the creative concept of "idea
>>> movement" from time to time.
I agree, but a dose of civility and humility makes that freedom more
palatable, even though it's messy by default.
> I like the idea of a moderator-free list, but nonetheless I agree with
>> Russell. The list was set up with a particular purpose in mind but in
>> the last few months the range of discussion topics has changed
>> radically. The Internet is large and there are plenty of other forums
>> in which to discuss politics and religion. Could we return to the old
>> list please?
Really? Sounds like: "Please let's return to the good old days, when there
were only smart people, with proper scientific training, that posted with
restraint and wigs." If you want people to just parrot what you expect,
what falls into "the range of discussion topics possible", then why use the
internet at all? Might as well set up a camp and force people to answer how
we would like them to... this is taken to absurd extremes: my point is not
anti-elitist, more that it shouldn't matter. Let people make up their own
minds, and if somebody wants to spam the list with whatever brain droppings
just pop up: ignore or delete.
One could implement a weak "what people found relevant" filter: if a
message gets ignored, then it is automatically deleted after some time.
Everybody's restraint would help clean up the list and people that get no
replies get the implicit, non face threatening message to stay relevant to
the group's focus, rather than exclusively a fuzzy ideal. Also, whatever
posting guidelines are adopted, the freedom of the list should headline it
along with the group responsibility to keep something messy clean for
people searching the list.
> I agree. Religion might be discussed but only if it put a specific light
> on the "ensemble" or "everything" type of TOE research, not on actual
> problems like gun control which can be debated on better suited forum.
Is there a forum that tries to frame gun control as "universally chaotic"
as here, with this kind of variety of characters and types? Because then we
would also have to keep quiet on prohibition, an "actual problem", which
turns out to be woven into beliefs and complex histories, that in turn
bleed into conception of science and assumptions concerning Ensemble TOE's.
> May be people could also try to make less posts, more acute on their
> points, to help the mailing boxes to not explode!
Sure. Restraint and good faith are good partners of freedom.
Free forums resemble chaos/harmony in musical improvisation: we all know
that less experienced players so excited by the novel attention their
improvisations receive, tend to overplay. This can last some time, but
eventually they take the environment more for granted and realize "Whoa,
I'm occupying center stage and stealing the limelight from the more
experienced players... I'm jabbering. In Public. Much too much! Gosh, do I
feel naked, my vanity for attention drenching the whole stage for months!"
Usually they start to underplay then, go all minimalist, until they balance
out and start finding their voice. Once, we had a singer who didn't seem to
get it all... kept overstepping, extending solos, and overplaying and never
stopped... until our band leader at the time gave him a recording of one of
the shows. He apologized to all of us.
Therefore, excessive authoritative arguments, posting, and preaching should
be called out honestly *and with a bit of class instead of toilet humor or
other authoritative means*, even if they can't be unambiguously defined.
And when things turn into slinging ideological mud of personal nature all
over the place; you still have that magical "delete" button and can make
your Inbox "look like the good old days"; if you clean house regularly.
If not, then censoring this list or pushing for relevance won't help much
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