alan at linuxholdings.co.za
Wed Sep 6 07:42:55 UTC 2006
On Wednesday 06 September 2006 07:44, Peter Garrett wrote:
> Alexander, the change was made ( notice the past tense) and
> therefore according to that decision "discussion" is now
> officially off-topic. Too bad. We are continuing to discuss.
> Call it civil disobedience if you like ;-)
> The point is that Derek wants to discuss the decision. In
> other words, your reaction is a perfect example of how a
> restriction can be used retroactively to silence discussion.
FWIW as I see it the only possible place to have this discussion
is right here. The change affects *this* list and how it
operates, so the discussion belongs here on the very list
that's affected, and there isn't a list-discuss list
Moving it to Sounder is about as OT for Sounder as you can get,
as the subscribers there will have no interest in this topic.
We could do things the way they do them in Zimbabwe right now
and simply ban all discussion that some arbitrary person
doesn't like. But if that is done you can expect a massive
backlash from the users - what Peter says is correct, the users
will discuss whatever they want to and authority be damned.
Push them too far and they'll simply fork the list and go
someplace else and no-one wants that.
As I se it, the solution is to simply let this thread run it's
course like any other thread. It's on topic, the discussion is
happening so let's argue the subject of the discussion, not the
discussion itself ;-)
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