Moderator's warning; practical questions around antiwar stuff

Lee Hall leehall at
Mon Aug 11 01:58:11 MDT 2003

Foul language would not a reason to ban; such a ban would be overbroad for a
number of reasons, including some noted by Adam Levenstein. But neither does
it seem hopelessly bourgeois to reprehend the post in question.  The problem
was not so much the language, but the macho, meet-me-in-the-parking-lot
element in it that is, in my view, contrary to the purpose of this list.
Awfully ironic that the writer of that message used the word "peurile" to
describe someone else.

José, if you get an answer on ANSWER please share it.


Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2003 18:10:22 -0700
From: "Eli Stephens" <elishastephens at>
Subject: Re: Moderator's warning

I personally don't mind arguments that go on, as long as SOMEthing new is
being said, but I DO mind "foul" language. I belong to several other lists
where language like that quoted (and such as I've read in several posts over
the last weeks and months) would bring instant, automatic removal from the
list. Hopefully I won't be thought hopelessly bourgeois to suggest this to
Louis. The kind of name-calling that transpires on this list, and especially
the filthy language, is absolutely uncalled for and unworthy of anyone who
purports to be taking part in a serious discussion.

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