Review of Hans's moderation principles and re list changes generally.

Louis N Proyect lnp3 at columbia.edu
Tue Aug 27 06:14:39 MDT 1996


On Tue, 27 Aug 1996, Ang  wrote:

> Finally, I'm against moderated lists.  All of our other information is
> filtered down to us and now this has to be too?  Carrol thinks moderation
> could lead to dull lists, I think moderation could lead to me missing out on
> something that I would have wanted to read.  I really don't want others

Louis: Right now I am on a moderated Marxism list that deals with left
regroupment. There is more worthwhile discussion on it in a single day
than there is on the unmoderated list in a whole week.

I was on an moderated list two years ago called "The Sixties" which was
fabulous. It was mostly about the culture and politics of the period and
involved students, professors and activists. The ground-rules were pretty
simple: no flames, no one-liners, no posts unrelated to the subject of the
list. Within that context, there more sparks on that list than I've seen
on the Marxism list for a long time.

When we used to have had 15 or 20 people on this list hammering away at
each other on the subject of Market Socialism, the war in Yugoslavia or
fascism, nobody would *want* to filter the discussion.

The problem is that in the current situation, we simply can not have that
type of wide-open discussion for the simple reason that this list has
become top-heavy with posters who are basically on one kind of head-trip
or another.

I congratulate ang for her willingness to stick it out, but for every one
intelligent new person like ang, there are ten that drift away. I miss the
contributions of people like Paul Cockshott, Bryan Alexander, David
McInerney, and a host of others who could put up with megadoses of
Malecki, etc. (By the way, Malecki posted 173 times in June. That's 14% of
all posts.)

Unmoderated lists can be exhilirating. You never know what you are going
to run across next. But planning and consciousness are also important. My
intention is try to use this medium to draw together people
internationally who are trying to apply Marxism in a nonsectarian and
nondogmatic fashion. What final form that takes, I'm not sure.

In the meantime, I think it's terrific that ang has spoken up. I wish more
people would drop their lurker status and express what they think needs to
be done.



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