[Advaita-l] ADMIN: List moderation and posts

sriram srirudra at vsnl.com
Tue May 3 11:52:38 CDT 2011

Dear Sri Vidhya Sankar
My humble opinion is that you could have been very brief.Why this 
When you say that without a moderator`s approval no
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Vidyasankar Sundaresan" <svidyasankar at hotmail.com>
To: "Advaita List" <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
Sent: Tuesday, May 03, 2011 9:13 PM
Subject: [Advaita-l] ADMIN: List moderation and posts

> A general note to all list members:
> If all you can say boils down to a "how dare you say something different
> frome me?" type of response, it is better to not say it out loud. It 
> creates
> a bad impression of you in the minds of 2 out of 3 people and it brings
> down the overall quality and tenor of this list. As moderators of this 
> list,
> we don't care about the opinions that 2 out of 3 people may form about
> you, but we care about maintaining the quality and tenor of this list. And
> if you want to contribute meaningfully to the tenor of discussions on this
> list, you had better care a little about how others perceive your posts.
> If you do not have anything to say that is particularly relevant TO THIS
> LIST, it is better to keep quiet. People like Osama and Kasab, and the
> responses of USA and Pakistan and India as modern nations that deal
> with these people, have nothing to do with the goals of this list.
> We are NOT an India discussion list. We are NOT a USA discussion list.
> We are NOT a terrorism discussion list. We are NOT a New Age list.
> We are NOT an "All religions are good" kind of discussion list. We are
> NOT a "my religion is superior, all other religions are for morons" kind
> of list. We are a list for discussing Advaita Vedanta. Keep that in mind
> at all times. Any comparison of different religions or philosophies and
> their adherents needs to be focused and kept at a scholarly level.
> We have provided a general set of list policies that should govern your
> behavior on this list. If we find that you repeatedly abuse this 
> privilege,
> we  will first place you on moderated status and then perhaps remove
> you from the list. Being placed on moderated status means that not a
> single one of your posts will make it to the list, unless a moderator
> approves it. We do not take the step of removing anybody from the list
> unless there is a great deal of provocation to do so.
> You may have other interests and other opinions on millions of topics
> under the sun, but THIS list is not the forum for expressing them. If you
> find that you cannot regulate your posts to this list according to list 
> policy,
> perhaps you need to find other avenues to express yourselves. In that
> case, being removed from this list may be a blessing in disguise. Start
> your own blog, or join some other discussion list, or open a Facebook
> page and post status updates or join Twitter and provide sound-bites,
> or do something else. Spare this mailing list.
> As per our list policy, let me reiterate that we do not actively approve 
> or
> reject every post that appears on the list. When you address your post
> to the list address and hit send, you are expressing yourself to about 300
> people at the same time. Please treat this as a PRIVILEGE and exercise it
> wisely. Think about the fact that out of these 300, for every one person
> who may agree with you, chances are that there are ten who will disagree
> with you. And out of those who do agree with you, ninety percent may feel
> that you need not have said anything at all.
> Jaldhar Vyas, Ravisankar Mayavaram and I, as list-moderators, have
> explained all of this multiple times in the past, in various ways. We want
> to take a mostly hands-off approach to moderation of list discussions,
> because we believe that every one of you is a responsible adult. And as
> list members ourselves, we want the liberty to express our own views
> independent of our list-moderation duties. We value that liberty and we
> hope you value YOUR liberty in not waiting for every single one of your
> posts being vetted and censored before being approved for posting. If
> we have reason to believe that you are misusing or abusing your privilege
> as a member of an open discussion list, we WILL take remedial action.
> Treat this as a warning or as a threat or as friendly advice, whatever
> your personal take may be, but do regulate your behavior on the list
> accordingly.
> Vidyasankar
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